Re: 2014 Will Represent the 40th Anniversary of WoodenBoat's Founding
In 1974 I was a young sewerpipe sailor stationed on a new construction boat at EB in Groton and living ashore with a few mates in a trailer park overlooking the Mystic River.
I spent a lot of my off time just exploring the coast from Lyme to Cape Cod. At one point I remember knocking on the doors of every boatshop, yard and marina in Mystic looking for part time work while I was ashore hoping to learn something about boatbuilding. With no skills to offer and the working waterfront in Mystic shrinking steadily, I was generally laughed at.
The first time I picked up a copy of WBM I was flying home from Houston to LA and found a copy at an airport news stand, circa 1981. By the time I got home I already had it in my mind that I wanted to build wooden boats in my spare time (I was at sea two months, ashore for one month at the time). I ran right out and bought a copy of Chappelle and Gardiner Vol. 1 and never lost that dream, though it was a long time in finally coming true. I started subscribing to themag by about 1983 and never stopped. It and Ben's damn fine calendar are guaranteed stocking stuffers every Christmas.
As far as celebrating, no suggestions other than if you have a large public event, it should be in Maine. I enjoy the WBS in Mystic, but Wooden Boat is a Maine institution. The magazine is largely responsible for the current classic boat rennaisance and has fostered too many Maine small businesses and careers to list as a result.
Let's make them come here to celebrate.
"And then I think , who cares, we're just anthropological curiosities a mere second away from turning into fertilizer, might as well scratch and listen to music we like." John B