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aboveboard* advice by boaters for boaters
Where do you go to research which products to buy for your boat? Is it the “pro advice” given by the local chandlery? or the technician that has “seen it all” over the years? or the “seasoned sailor” down the dock? Why not get the advice of all of the boaters who have spent their hard earned cash and have explicit knowledge of how the gear actually performed in the long run?
Did you know that most magazine or blog “reviews” of a product have been sponsored by the product’s company?
Many magazines will review single products or compare products with one test. Obviously such testing will not give much of an indication of how the product will perform in the long run. At BoatPolls you can find out if that new underwater camera that you have your eye on will leak after a few dives.
When we purchased our first cruising sail boat we were in need of a new dinghy. Time was of the essence and our price point left us with few options. Since purchasing the dinghy we have spoken with many other boaters about dinghy options and now believe we would have chosen differently if we knew then what we know now. At the time we had no place to turn for unbiased advice about the choices that were presented to us.
What if, instead of corporations profiling our behavior, consumers profiled product performance? That is, consumers shared information about the products they buy so that other consumers can make a more informed decision about the products they plan to purchase. In the long run, we hope that this will make for better products and more knowledgeable consumers. Just think of it as the consumer gathering information about the company, rather than vice versa.
Let’s turn the tide so our dollar comes out on top.
a·bove·board / əˈbəvˌbôrd
- Legitimate, honest, and open.
- honest – candid – straight – straightforward – sincere
Origin: It is sometimes suggested that the board in question is the deck of a ship and that this comes from the seafaring practice of concealing pirates below decks (below board) in order to lull victim ships into a false sense of security. The opposite, ‘aboveboard’ was considered to symbolize openness and fairness.