The Coeur d’alene boat show was a challenging day for me and my staff. We prepared extensively for this show, producing an onsite building demonstration, finished kayak and canoe and several marketing items.
During the show, I was able to set up a strongback complete with stations and strip the hull to the waterline. We also presented our two newest boats, the companion canoe and the Tuxedo sea kayak.
We had a wonderful response from interested parties and really enjoyed the people we had a chance to speak with.
However we were repeatedly shocked by rude, insulting passers by. I was completely unprepared for these low intentioned people. Photographers inside my display area, rough handling of my boat and damage to my boat. A stolen photo book and a lack of response from event planners.
I am fortunate to have met a great many wonderful people at this show and others so I know this is
not what we can expect in the future. I will look forward to my next show but I will limit my involvement at this show in the future.
The wood boat shows offered in the area are wonderful opportunities to display our fine works of art to other artists, builders, owners and the public. We enjoy sharing our work, taking part in events and meeting people who stop by to chat. We will not be deterred by those rude few but we will prepare accordingly.