Sometimes one thing leads to another.
We have some modest stock investments, and one of the companies we have recently purchased stock in is West Marine. (WMAR -- Good evaluations. Probably not long term, but there is some money to be made.)
I exchanged some comments with another potential investor about WM in the comments section of an article about the investment opportunity. He asked if there were store locations near every marina. I told him that they did not. As a matter of fact, their intention is to consolidate stores into fewer, bigger stores that cater to not only boaters for parts, etc. but also the marine lifestyle market. (ex. I am currently wearing shoes I bought at WM.)
During this exchange, something occurred to me. It's this: Is it possible that the biggest advance in convenience for cruising boaters in years is Uber and Lyft?
There is growing criticism about Uber and Lyft about the financial aspects of being a driver for them, and all that is a conversation for another time and place. But, boy, doesn't it make our lives easier when we are a thousand miles from home and got to get somewhere.