back. Where have you been? What's the latest with Trident?
Work work work work work work work. Someday I'll get down to your neck of the woods.So killer... gonna be a great decade for me. Thanks for asking.
How have you been?
Relax Francis... just getting a rise out of you... I was thinking back to Commander being able to pull their evaluation when the boat didn't work right and the like...Things have been better this year than the previous 3 for the boating community in general.
Stand corrected on SEMA.
John West, yes well still a friend but understood.
"HB Corrupt as hell", WOW. I guess to the purest of hearts you could claim a few instances at HB during the 25 years that I was at the helm where something was massaged. There is a much more sinister perception of how the tests and things operated versus reality. Even yourself to this day.
90% of all covers were reserved for advertisers. Unethical? Not for me. As for edit: I made three editorial changes during my time at HB for the betterment of two advertisers. Aside from that; we tested what was brought.
The real problem re: boat tests, centers around the manufacturer and being true to the end product.
Meaning how many extra hours does he spend on the boat for the magazine tests versus the boat delivered to Joe Public. I know some spent a couple extra hours on spit polishing and some spent dozens of hours. But how do we figure that out??
If it was as bad as many insinuate, why waste the hundreds of industry professional man hours ie., Wilkes, Shoemaker, Spaise, Brown, and so on if only advertisers get good write ups and non advertisers were scapegoats? I could cite countless non advertisers that received great writeups and several BIG advertisers that got terrible writeups.
Ask Advantage and LaveyCraft how they felt about some of the reviews they received from HB during my time there. For that matter, Cole, Hallett and several more. All good advertisers.
That is really the beauty of the Performance Boats video boat tests because the reaction and evidence is caught on film.
As for 10 years later and a few regrets; absolutely. I wish I had shorted Bear Stearns stock and had
purchased options on Apple and Netflix stock.