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Economics are a small part

March 27 2015 at 5:43 PM

Craig Judge  (Login craigjudge)


Response to It's economic too.

What disturbs me about the aging trend goes beyond just boats being bought and sold. With respect to restorations and wood boats specifically, the talents and knowledge required to master the techniques really can't be taught in a book or website. These are things that are handed down from generation to generation and without the younger folks being in the shops learning the ropes, the old timers simply have nobody to pass their skills and know how down to.
I remember a couple years back going to a local guy who was known around the world for repairing old stereo equipment and turntables specifically. I brought an old Dual table to him for repair and was shocked when I walked into his shop. He had boxes of stereos and turntables shipped to him from all over the world. Some had been there for over a year. He explained that boxes just showed up UPS every day without so much of a phone call first. He's a one man show. Not by design, because no matter what he did he simply couldn't find anyone who wanted to work as an apprentice and learn the trade. He said "I don't know who's going to fix all this stuff when I retire". Here was a guy who had a going profitable business with a year of backlog and he couldn't retire or sell the business at any price.
So many industries are facing this crisis. X-box and smart phones have replaced screwdrivers and the ability to read a wiring schematic.

 
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