Period Attire to Enhance Your Boat Show Presentation
by Judy Hills, roving ACBS reporter
It is nice to see ACBS, boat manufacturer, and other boating-related logo shirts worn by owners showing their boats at the boat shows. But what if you kicked it up a notch or two by wearing attire appropriate to the period of the boat? The clothing and accessories don’t have to be old—they just have to look period-correct. Remember we are trying to attract families to this sport we love. This is one way to get spouses involved and to make our shows more interesting to a wider population.
For example, I am always tickled to see the old-style helmets and goggles being worn by people on the “go-fast” race boats at the ACBS shows. That is such a seemingly small thing, but it really makes the viewing public feel more like they are back in the day.
Here are two photos taken at ACBS boat shows: a bathing beauty and a lady of leisure out for ride. Many people attend boat shows to take photos. As a photographer, these two definitely caught my eye. If you are going to sit in a boat at a boat show, you might as well make it interesting!
Looking for period costumes could be a fun way to spend winter when boating isn’t an option. In addition to thrift stores, there are online stores selling period costumes. Here is a link to a couple of sites: https://www.historicalemporium.com https://www.candyapplecostumes.com/ (sort by time period) Those of you who sew or who have a seamstress willing to create clothing for you should check out the Old Time Patterns on this website: https://www.oldtimepatterns.com/ Or if you just want to get funky, check out this site: https://www.maskworld.com/english/department/boat-party
So give this some thought as you prepare for the ACBS boat shows starting with the Sunnyland show in Tavares March 22-25, 2018. https://acbs.org/event/2018-sunnyland-boat-festival/