I've been thinking about what makes a magazine great.
When I was a young teen, I was into Car Craft. That magazine was epic with some amazing tech and how to articles. I recall a two or three part article on body work that had me checking the 7-11 mag stand a couple of times per week for the next issue.
As epic as it was, decades later when I was cleaning out stuff I left at my parents house, I found that stack of Car Craft. I flipped through a few of them and found them not as great as I remembered. One, in particular, had an article on a restoration process that, years later, we have come to know wasn't the most reliable process. In fact, I recalled an article that recommended laquer over enamel paint (maybe that was appropriate back then).
It seems to me, part of what made that magazine great was my lack of experience and the wide-eyed enthusiasm I had during my teen years. I'll bet a lot of more experienced car guys found the magazine unexciting.
Has that happened with Performance Boats? Does it seem less exciting because most of us are older, have been in all sorts of boats, maybe even owned a few, and are much more difficult to impress? In this case, I suppose I am considering the Hot Boat to Performance Boats continuum as a single entity.
I guess I am questioning how we judge the magazine. I still enjoy it but I wonder how much the content has changed since the first Hot Boat article I read and how much I've changed since then.