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    Default A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    With the Coronavirus shutting down businesses nationwide, I wonder how WoodenBoat will deal with things. Will the magazine continue to be published? I suppose any on-campus activities and the WoodenBoat School will be affected.
    One of my concerns is that the WoodenBoat Forum remain online throughout the crisis.
    Over the years, it has become a very close knit community, many members becoming friends even though never meeting in person. They are very supportive of each other in times of personnal strife and that support is never more needed then now.
    The Forum, in general, is also a great way to spend time while we're all isolated in our homes. Every deck is a total treasure during these times.
    I'm just looking for reassurance that the Forum will continue to be there for all.
    Thank you.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    Sadly, I think the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic was a big source of revenue for them, too. With Mystic Seaport closed indefinitely it’s not looking good for the Show.

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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    I rather suspect there will be an evaluation of the summer end of April. June maybe sketchy. I also think there may be some reluctance of people to become grouples again for a while after restrictions are lifted.
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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    For what it's worth; if it should come to pass that we needed to submit some $$$ to keep this forum going, I'd be glad to pony up. I depend on this place to keep my sanity!

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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    I have no sanity left to keep, but I'd be happy to contribute as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    I have no sanity left to keep, but I'd be happy to contribute as well
    'zactly!

    While a server can be maintained remotely, there has to be the $ to pay the person to do it.

    The community here is important enough to me that I'd me more than happy to contribute to keeping it going.

    Of course there are those who'd say "If it shuts down I'll never have to listen to Garret again!" - but I've ignored them for quite some time...
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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    We've enough tech-savvy people here, I'm sure someone would be willing and able to host a server to keep it going.
    There's the plan, then there's what actually happens.

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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    Thinking about sending money to keep the WB forum rolling...before they even ask for it!
    I know these are desperate times, but not quite THAT desperate. You guys need to make new friends.

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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    If I pay for it, I will want to use grown up words.

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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    Is it too late to lobby for a WBF bailout package from Congress?
    I was thinking that maybe each member gets a one-time $1,500 check and eligibility in a government-backed, low interest loan program to cover the costs of boating related activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    If I pay for it, I will want to use grown up words.
    WHY!?! And for Mr. PCFord I have lots of friends....just not a lot who have the accumulated years of boat knowledge, building experience and tool skills (often with the scars to prove it) that this forum represents

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    Thanks for the good thoughts. Indeed, times are tight. We do plan to keep the WBForum going. Of course, keeping posts polite—even with rising world tensions, helps.


    School & Show
    No official word on WBSchool, WBShow. Clearly a hot topic of discussion, and no doubt a decision to postpone will be coming soon. The intent is to have School announcement on site later today or tomorrow.


    Magazines
    WoodenBoat, Professional BoatBuilder, and Small Boats Magazine folks can mostly work from home, and have been doing so. But newsstand sales will shrink with bookstore closings, so subscribe! Plus, the new May/June will be on-line at no charge, at least for a month or so.


    Store
    We closed the Store to the public a week or so ago. The retail showroom is slow this time of year, but mail order is and always has been our lifeblood. It’s not possible to ship packages from home (but digital download orders are fine). As of today we are not shipping orders. But we are getting clarification from the state. With our small and experienced staff, spacious quarters, and good practices, we have the ability to keep going safely.


    -Scot


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    Thanks Scot! Be well.
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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    Thanks Scot. I should have looked here first before emailing Kim Patten and Rich about the school this summer although she responded immediately with the info you posted. Should classes be postponed to next year that may work out just as well for me. A bunch of old guys getting together in close quarters might not be best until we know much more about the virus.
    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    Scot, Thanks for the reply. Please extend our thanks to everyone there at WoodenBoat.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: A question for Scot and WoodenBoat management

    Hi, all—
    Following this thread, there is a new post up at the school website:

    https://www.thewoodenboatschool.com

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    And, WoodenBoat / Store have now been designated as an "essential" business by the state of Maine. So, while our showroom remains closed to the public, we can resume shipping orders. Whew!

    -Scot

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    Now that is good news. All the best to you all in Brooklin.

    Nick

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    Thanks Scot and Tom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scot View Post
    And, WoodenBoat / Store have now been designated as an "essential" business by the state of Maine. So, while our showroom remains closed to the public, we can resume shipping orders. Whew!

    -Scot
    Well, it looks like Maine is one state that's got its priorities straight! California does, too. The cannabis dispensaries are deemed "essential businesses" here, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Hazard View Post
    For what it's worth; if it should come to pass that we needed to submit some $$$ to keep this forum going, I'd be glad to pony up. I depend on this place to keep my sanity!
    Put me down as well.
    And thank you to WB, their staff and management and to Scot for being extra tolerant of the sometimes 'difficult' traffic in the bilge.
    Keep safe all of you.
    Jeff
    Last edited by skuthorp; 04-18-2020 at 09:06 PM.

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    WoodenBoat has also just committed to dough to redesign the Small Boat Monthly interface. Check it out. And subscribe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Fuller View Post
    WoodenBoat has also just committed to dough to redesign the Small Boat Monthly interface. Check it out. And subscribe.
    I noticed that--looks really nice.

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    The reason I do not subscribe is because in a tiny town like ours the newsagent/post office/gift store/etc. etc relies on the local traffic to stay in business. Use it or lose it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Fuller View Post
    WoodenBoat has also just committed to dough to redesign the Small Boat Monthly interface. Check it out. And subscribe.
    I looked at the new website last night and it's so much more accessible and easy to navigate that it's a truly excellent resource now. Well done!
    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    The reason I do not subscribe is because in a tiny town like ours the newsagent/post office/gift store/etc. etc relies on the local traffic to stay in business. Use it or lose it.
    Small Boats, at least, is online only; you can't buy it locally.

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