I know many of you may think I am opposed to boat judging. Nothing could be further than the truth. I think its a critical part of the future of our passion and the history of our boats. Hey, no one likes to be judged, unless you win all the time. Its like a test in a way. Where you able to restore, or preserve your boat in such a way that helps your boat and possibly others be saved for generations?
Part of the issue is for some, your personal wants over power the passion to truly restore your boat to its build. That is what restore means. Different strokes for different folks.
I love the smallest of the smallest details. The more obscure the more fun it is. Like original zipper manufacturers. Stitch count on original cushions. Little scribbles on the wood under the dash. All of that is so cool. The research, the search, and the find are all part of the joy. And yes, finding a NOS part can evoke the same emotion of finding a Playboy at age 12 in the trash. Ya.. You all know what I am talking about. That KOOL cigarette ad on the back of that thick magazine could only mean one thing. GOLD. Okay, okay.. I digress.
The social aspect of boat shows is amazing. I used to attend many events, and guess what. So do many others and I have made friends from all this. Okay, they may not consider me a friend. But I do. You can literally travel across the world in some cases and go to a boat show and you are not alone. And having a boat judged around the country can be fun, and rewarding.
Have your boat pre judged. I did that with Don Ayers with Sylvia. It was eye opening, and fun in a none judgmental way. I wanted to learn more and did.
Competition is the fuel of growth. Yes its no fun to loose, but not winning is learning if you see it through a positive filter. Hey, you didn’t get your PHD in the 1st grade. Look at it that way. Its school and keeps things interesting.
Become a judge. I have been there, and it can be a HUGE. Some learn by teaching. I personally do not have the personality to be a judge since I can see almost every argument as valid. But there are people that we all know and love AND NEED as part of the glue that holds all of this community together that are perfect judges.
Judging is a serious time suck, and done on a volunteer bases. So know that when there is a team of them judging your boat, they are NOT judging you, or your boat. But judging the accuracy of history. And isnt that what we all love about our boats. The history, the continuum of time? Maybe we call judges, Curators? Quality Control? Final Inspectors? After all the boats were not judged when they left the factory? Right. Maybe we get a team to sign off on a new hull card. A sticker added to your Hull card that its still ready for delivery?
Either way, Judged events are more fun, even if there is 10 year olds judging your boat. It is fun to know your efforts in preservation are appreciated by your friends.