A paean for Holly of Vanguard
I have been struggling with how to paint over the Timberline patch that came with the used Vanguard 14' self-bailer I bought from Greg up at Timberline Tours in Eagle. As condition for buying the boat at a substantial discount, I agreed to paint over the boat patch that Timberline glues to all their boats. I have tried several different paints, none held.
I was about to reapply paint when I decided I wanted a final solution, and came to the buzz for research. Ultimately, that led me to go to the Vanguard website where I posted a threat to row a clown boat (multicolored in irregular patterns) unless Holly (owner of Vanguard) assisted me.
The response was phenomenal. I knew she would call, but I was surprised when it took less than 5 minutes. During the research process on buzz, I discovered that she had previously distributed free D-rings to other buzz posters, and I expanded my demands to include those.
Today, 3 days later, I have a solution to my paint problem, and 4 D-rings of exceptional quality and of matching color to my boat. She also included, gratis, two packages of M&Ms.
In exchange, I promised to follow her instructions, and to write a post on Mountainbuzz describing my experience with Vanguard.
I got a Vanguard by accident, I row one now by intent. I expect it will last for many more years.