We have lots of poker runs here on the Chesapeake. My family loves them and it's a great way for me to learn how to drive a performance boat in the slop. I'm usually conservative and poker runs show me what the boat can do. The lunch stops and after parties are a hoot and are a great way to meet other boaters and talk shop.
If you feel inadequate around the big boys at the mega poker runs then maybe you should find a different hobby. You guys are just jealous and it sounds like you're whining. Doesn't matter which sport you are in .... bikes, cars, trucks, planes, 4wheelers, etc... Someone will always have something bigger, louder, faster and meaner looking.
I feel the big boys are pushing the envelope on styling and performance. This impacts manufacturing and aftermarket stuff. Ultimately, helping us poorer folk.
Now, get over yourselves and have fun driving faster than most powerboaters.