I went to the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show today, Friday.
It started out windy and cold but the weather
turned sunny and warm in the afternoon, perfect weather
for a boat show
I visited Sailaway on the South River around 10:30 am, had a warm welcome from Tom, the owner's father. They have a unique collection of cats, some of which I'd never seen: a Jaguar
36, Wildcat 35, Leopard 45
, Endeavor 36, Island Spirit 40. It's always good to actually see the boats that I see mentioned on the sites.
I drove over to the Annapolis show on Ego Ally and had no problem parking just over the bridge in Eastport. There were no lines but there were also far fewer boats and displays, maybe not even 1/8 the number at the normal show.
I swear by Maui Jim sunglasses and spent time catching up on the newest lenses at the Maui Jim booth. I learned that MJ will not allow anyone to either raise or lower the prices on their glasses, so I won't waste time looking for discounts.
I enjoyed talking to Bob Ross, the rep for Leopard
Cats and he gave me a thorough education on the history
of the Leopards, Moorings and Sunsail cats. Show offer on the Leopard
44 is $409,000. The brochure indicates about a 10% discount off of base price
on all the cats.
Valiant 50: I'm not a big fan of double enders but if you do go to the show you should check out the big red world cruiser offered by Rogue Wave
and Bernie. "Erin Brie" is a 2001 Valiant asking $499k, like new and just a beautiful machine. Even better was meeting the owners who recently finished a 7 year circumnavigation
They are an inspiration, truly, and I wish I had their names (someone can fill that in). Their story of tossing it all, selling it all and taking off was impressive. Check out that boat if you have the time.
Nice Tartan 4600, 1996, centerboard
that appears newly rebuilt/restored for around $300k.
Other than that there was little to see except for!!! I almost forgot, Matt Rutherford!
I bumped into Matt and his boat and tossed $20 into his bucket for CRAB. I couldn't be in Annapolis to greet him last Sunday and it was an honor to be able to help him out with his cause. He's a really easy going guy and you'd never know that he just stepped back on land after almost year at sea. He looks great but his boat looks the worse for wear and tear. What a hoot.
All-in-all, I think the Show was worth the visit.