The Smallest Detail Saved Me, Thanks Brian



You all may recall my obsession with the correct zipper manufacturer for the replacement of the top on Suzy, now Scarlet. If not, you are lucky. If you want to know more I will provide a link at the bottom of the story. Hey its cold out, and sadly this may be the only boating you do today.


Over the past couple days. I have been “reflecting” on what am I doing here, what is our community doing? I guess head twirling. And many of the comments, and calls and emails have been extremely helpful and dead on. We will report on that later. STAY TUNED.

Stats. Old stats. This is traffic. Those huge spikes are certain stories. See that spike on the right? Thats Lake Dora

So whats the detail? Whats the big deal of something so small. Two Words.  Saved me from a downward spiral of click bait hell. And Brian Robinson saved me. On Instagram BTW.

Our page

Which reminded me of another thing. Woody Boater is far more than a website. Woody Boater is a brand that hopefully embodies who we are. It keeps us enjoying the classic boat universe even when we cant go out on our boats, or just be with them.

The Woody Boater research robot

Research on communication is an interesting thing. If you look into things, its never about what people say. It’s how they say it, and the gestalt about the entire situation presented.

Yesterday, emails, text messages, calls, and DM’s all illustrated that we are all communicating on many different levels. Measuring clicks on the website or comment numbers is just part of it. Take note ACBS and CCABC. We can no longer measure success with clicks on one platform. It’s all of it.  Things to measure should be PASSION, CONVERSATION, and CONSTANCY. More on this later. Much later, so don’t worry, my “testing” is over. And Brian, and the TWO WORDS?

The milkman and Mr B are here!

STAY TUNED!  What? You think I am gonna let that not milk into a weekend story?


15 replies
  1. bill
    bill says:

    your dog looks awful friendly with the milkman. he must spend a lot of time around your house to get that friendly with the dog

  2. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I have been reading the stories and comments over the last few days, but staying quiet. I just don’t have any answers.

    The last two years have been tough on a lot of people, businesses and organizations. Even those that seem to be doing well often have major stresses under the surface threatening to become fissures. One impact of the stress I have noticed is a widespread loss of passion. I have seen it across hobbies, in the workplace, in relationships, pretty much everywhere.

    If I could offer any suggestion to WoodyBoater, it would be to first work to preserve the passion in the community that remains, and second, work to grow it back to where it once was and then hopefully beyond. I wish I could tell you how to do that, but the only thing I know right now is that Sunnyland can’t come soon enough. We all need to get together, get some sunshine, and get out on the water ASAP.

    Good luck with whatever changes are in store, and don’t be shy about asking for help. If there is anything I can do for you or for WoodyBoater, let me know.

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Agree with the loss of passion. I’m on the Board of Directors for a Kayak Fishing Club and with the loss of indoor meetings in 2020 and the first half of 2021 it is much harder to get the members to re-engage. Membership numbers didn’t drop this year and we’re holding our breath for 2022 but we definitely saw a decrease in outdoor participation.

  3. Cameron Searle
    Cameron Searle says:

    I’m all for the move into soft porn in the comments section, but I hoped you’d say those spikes were the cobra restoration that was unfortunately discontinued and your shaft block replacement which was the first time I’d seen you get into boat restoration rather than sending it off to a professional like Katz. Personally I enjoy reading and seeing restoration techniques, barn finds and your marine railway development. Best wishes for the direction you’ve decided on.

  4. Philip Andrew
    Philip Andrew says:

    Like they say it’s all fun until someone has an eye out. I follow WB everyday and have done pretty much from the beginning. Yes the stories back then were more often more interesting but then it was all new too. We were probably all a bit more excited and forgiving back then. While I accept that each new days story can’t always be a 10/10 I am ok with 5/10 or less on occasions. What turns me off is bickering, politics and unpleasant comments. There was a spell there around the US elections when it got ugly and off topic.
    I reckon Mike Green nailed it in his comments yesterday. It is hard to keep it fresh and fascinating every single day and yes the stories slipped into ‘Matts World’ but to be honest that’s ok with me as long as it’s not political or ugly. Matt is such a brilliant graphic designer I’m always interested and inspired by what he’s done in the Railway today. Matts new kid. The hairy crazy one, thats for FaceBook I reckon.
    As an aside Mike’s YouTube videos are excellent. Very helpful.
    Looking for an idea to boost reader enjoyment and camaraderie I wonder if it might be possible to ask for more regular contributions from the court so to speak. I would certainly like to hear quality stories from more avenues. If Matt picked 10 ‘members’ to provide 2 stories each this would allow Matt to gather a bank of good stories that could then be sprinkled in one each week or fortnight that could freshen it up. Its bound to get competitive in a good way. There are tons of things about this hobby we all don’t know. Just last week Century Boat Club FaceBook contributor Gary posted a story about his Resorter with a Buick 401 nailhead engine in it. He wrote that the engine famed for its torque was used as the starter for the famous SR-71Blackbird. Now I never knew that. There’s a story right there.

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      Having written some stories for WB in the past I will share with all who decide to read it this late on a Saturday that for Matt to post a contributing story is probably as much work (if not more work) than it is for him to make up one of his own.

  5. Paul
    Paul says:

    Matt, as a newbie with a restoration underway on my Capri, I have a lot of questions about how to do things. As the engine was out of my boat. I’d love to be able to call somebody that has the time to talk and explain the tips and tricks of the Zenith, where do the wires from the dash route, are the light switches dual pole. What do they like for varnish, how to avoid Mosquitoes legs in the finish? You get the idea. My British car club has designated “experts” that cover a certain model that can be contacted with questions or provide some guidance. Shops don’t have the time or interest to do that. Just one suggestion as a new owner. Now that’s community!

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