I would enjoy seeing WB take a strong stand on behalf of the wooden boat community to organize wooden boat owners. We are in serious need of organization in the face of what promises to be, at the rate we are going, the end of the traditional wooden boat as we know it. Everywhere one turns, we find eco-fascists outlawing the basic ingredients of wooden boats, whether that be simply ordinary paints and varnish (not to mention red and white lead), effective antifouling coating components, or even the woods we use themselves. Marinas won't rent to us unless we buy hugely inflated insurance policies and even then prohibit sanding and varnishing. Yards refuse to allow us to work on our own boats, fearing "liability," or so they say. We all know that the impact of our hobby on the environment leaves the smallest footprint of just about anything. (Have you ever seen a ski slope in summer or a desert after the off-roaders have been on it?) Yet, I suppose because we are seen as "rich yachtsmen," the boating community is the first to be made an example of when they outlaw this or that. Wooden boats, and particularly traditional and historic wooden boats, ought to be granted an exemption from such constraints. If we don't defend our rights whenever they are challenged, we will soon lose them all. Otherwise, like the buffalo, one of these days one of us is going to look around and realize they are the last traditional wooden boat afloat.
One good start would be a series of articles similar to some of Pete Culler's in the old Mariner's Catalog, which explain how to make your own paint and so on and articles on where to find hard to get materials and parts. We'd better be getting up to speed on those skills or we won't be able to keep on much longer. When there's no option for painting a boat but latex enamel, I'm gonna be outta here!
What say ye?