RE: What can BGCWS do for you? I used to strongly urge new members to buy a used ship. I stopped a couple of years ago when it was pointed out that everyone who had done so over the last ten years had a bad experience. My experience was better than most - the ship was almost destroyed by shipping but once repaired was a nice ship. In many cases the ships were basically compliant with the rules for rib spacing, etc. However, almost without exception the ships were complete disasters of construction quality and/or repair. Almost none of them were serviceable. Most were not even worth repairing. What might be a good path forward is this: have each club volunteer a member (presumably a TO) to be part of a BGCWI ship auditing board. This board would set the current standards for describing and photographing ships. When a member wants to sell a ship (or just show it off) they have the local BGCWI Ship Audit Board member document and photograph the ship and post it to a standard location. The audit needs not worry about if the ship is 'compliant' as much as what the ship actually is. However, there could be a 'Compiles with BGCWI Rules' rating as well. This does several things: Buyers will no who audited the ship and that that person, and the BGCWI organization's, reputation are behind that audit instead of some member who may be getting out of the hobby anyway. Ships will be clearly and consistently documented so that there are no surprises. This means sellers don't have to worry about buyers claiming they misrepresented their ships; Clubs don't have to worry about unscrupulous sellers making their club look bad; Buyers have less worry about a nasty shock when the ship arrives Because the audit has input from each club (through board members) it will be certain to cover all the differences between the clubs. This means that the buy is protected against cases where the ship is ok in the other club but not theirs. Presumably the audit board would have placed an item on the audit to cover that case. If not the member has a person to complain to and have it corrected in the future. It provides an immediate benefit for all clubs - but especially for those that participate on the audit board I would gladly participate in something like this and I think our entire club (even those so tired of inter-club politics) would as well.