This is an intelligent question, because if you read what I posted, I'm just trying to figure out how much it cost and for what?
The answers and PM's range from $2,000 a race to well into 6 figures and for a Geico type boat - it might be worth it as they bring so many other facets to the program.
Also, some people are saying we race 3 races here and 2 races there and so forth. I guess I never really looked at it from this side of the fence before eventhough I knew the answer as to why this sport will stay the "sport of kings" forever.
BUT, some of you gave me such great insight into other motorsports and the cost and what you get for it that boat racing seems like if you just want to throw money away - come here.
Having been in the sport years ago when it was just APBA for the most part and then being there on day one of the OPT, I can understand the problems - you guys have got to get together under one umbrella good or bad to race and promote that organization only - in my opinion.
Everyone will jump up and down and say NASCAR has Bush series and yada yada yada but how many cars so up and don't quailfy to race - we/you/us can't even get enough boats to have 1st, 2nd 3rd place trophies in some classes. Hell, some of you can't even come together enough to be on 1 website, you had to go off and do a seperate website and now neither site has enough people to be a real enitity let alone get advertisers that aren't friends somehow!
You guys need to get together, put ego/differences aside hire one person to run it like APBA had and just suck it up and go there to put on a show, racing comes second - that is if you want sponsors and crowds again my opinion only.
I also think Gino's idea of a Poker Run boat for a sponsor might be a better idea at this point because you can take people out on it, you can take it to events (like import car shows or trade shows) easier and just have it there and people go crazy for it. You can probably get some great press because you can take it and run it anywhere?
Guys you need unite and maybe boat sponsors is not the answer for the sport, maybe it is "event" sponsors that you need to push for - don't be selfish and like auto racing every boat has all the event sponsors on it as well? You guys don't need sponsor money to race, or else you wouldn't be doing it in the first place. The money helps you pay a couple bills but you blow a drive or engine and it's 5 times the sponsor money you got!
Maybe, if you took the sponsor moneys and pooled them together to have events at the races that brought in a crowd like a carinval (rides), concerts or something you could get more going. I've read on here the days of Celebs racing and how some of you thought that was terriable - well I sat next to Don Johnson and Kurt Russell etc and it drew a crowd, people flocked just to take pictures!!!
Face it 99.9% of the people don't want to come see an offshore style boat race, if you gave them some other reasons to come you might get a better showing?
Don't take any of this wrong because you won't see Habana Joe or Joe Gere on 10 other boat sites or car sites etc, my love and passion is for this sport, you can tell how I write sometimes, I've invested and lost many dollars in this game because I love the sea and thrill of open ocean running - I said what I said from the heart and would love this sport to be back to 1988 or 1989 when 100 boats show up to race!!!!