It’s that time of year again, time for classic boat owners to make a list of New Year’s resolutions that will guarantee a happier 2014. May we offer a few suggestions?
- Spend as much time on your boat as you possibly can. Perhaps accept a job as a deck hand on a pirate ship.
- Share your love for boating and everything about it with old/new friends. If you have some extra cash, rent a billboard.
- Work hard so that you can play hard doing what you love to do. Or maybe just work hard in the winter.
- Inventory your safety gear and ensure that it’s in good condition. No joke. Seriously. We mean it.
- Take at least one educational course or on-the-water class to improve your boating skills and knowledge. For the record, “Boating for Dummies” doesn’t count.
- Go easy on the alcohol until the boat is docked and the day is done. Or select a non-drinking “designated captain.” No mutinies please.
- Share your love of boating with youth, thus perpetuating the hobby. Just to be safe, you might want to save “Hey, kid, go swab the deck!” until next time.
- Join at least one classic boating club. Come on! Do it! Everybody else is! (That’s what we call “pier pressure.”)
- Attend a classic boat show, making it a summer weekend destination. Bonus points if you’re able to drive your boat to the show instead of trailering it there.
- Try a different kind of boating. Sailors, go power boating. Power boaters, go sailing. Never kayaked? Rent one and give it a try. Never watched the submarine races? Well … go ask your mother.
Happy New Year!
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