Gary arranged for the crew to meet at Smith Mountain Lake last weekend and camp out at the state park. It was great seeing some of our clients out in the sun and to be surrounded by so many beautiful finished boats.
Part of the reason it's important for us to go to wooden boat shows is because the majority of boats we get into the shop are deteriorated or half-finished. This means we have little idea what the finished product will need to look like, apart from photos. Going to boat shows like the one at Smith Mountain Lake enables us to see up-close the finished version of a boat we may be working on at the shop. We can hold that image in our mind and really see where every seat, every screw, every ceiling board will go, so we get a better sense of timing during re-assembly. We can also get a better sense of scale when we're inside the boat and see potential flaws that we'll be sure to avoid.
But of course the main reason for the trip is to spend time together outside of work and let our kids all play together!
Thanks Gary for a great trip!
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