Re: really smart potter owners
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 12:29:34 EST

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In a message dated 2/22/99 4:47:00 AM Pacific Standard Time,

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Hi Everyone,
I joined this listserv about two months ago as I began my search for
a WWP15. The "For Sale" link on one of the Potter pages was where I
found the boat I eventually bought, so I can testify to its usefulness.
It's interesting that during my search I called one dealer, in
California, who I though might arrange to "ship" a boat (OK, bad pun, I
admit), and he said "Yeah, you know, this Potter thing is kind of weird;
the owners are like some kind of cult." Hmmmm, right; yeah, that's a
strong, but I do think the listserv and various Potter pages show just
how much Potter owners love their little boats!
I know mine is sitting in my garage now, and -- even though its about
10 degrees below zero outside with the windchill -- I feel compelled to
simply go and look at it every few days...
Of course, dreaming about sailing is much more fun than the thing I
should be doing -- namely, studying for my upcoming MA exam (English
Lit). Which brings me to the point of all this; I've noticed on the
listserv that there seem to be quite a few folks from Academia who are
Potter owners (or maybe I have that backward?). At the risk of making
the logical error of confusing advanced degrees with intelligence, this
makes me wonder: how many (what percentage) of Potter owners have
degrees? advanced degrees? and what does that say about us?
So, I propose the following highly unscientific and informal survey:
send me
your stats; age, degree(s), field(s), and I will compile them and post
the results in one month. Please send this info directly to me, not to
the listserv; I'd hate to be responsible for "clogging it up."

Impatient for Spring,

Hi John,

I don't think you can be a sailor and not have some smarts. You wouldn't last
long, would you? : ^ ) Sailing requires intelligence.

I haven't noticed that the folks I sail with at the Potter gatherings have
advanced degrees. The folks in our Potter group are truckers, nurses,
computer nerds (after all, I live in Silicon Valley), machinists, tradesmen,
salesmen, retirees, etc. -- a real cross section of people. One thing I
*have* noticed is that while most of us are apparently financially comfy, none
of us is ostentatiously wealthy.

What I have noticed is that we're all middle aged or older -- no hotdogs or
rockstars in this group. From what I can tell, you're the baby of the group!
: )

We're mostly pretty stable folks, and everybody I've ever met Pottering has
been very good company. One of the reasons I own a Potter rather than a
higher performance boat is that there is a special comraderie amoungst Potter-
ers that you don't find with some other boats, like the Merit 22 or Santana 22
which are quite trailerable and much faster than the Potter.

Judy B.