Just back from the Melbourne International Boat Show
and thought I would report my findings. Catamarans...a total of 3
. The Lagoon
, and two Seawinds. One Tri... a Corsair
...I checked out the finish as I think from memory this was the brand discussed in the Seawind
moving to Vietnam
thread...very nice finish...so if it is a vietnam
boat...well done the vietnamese I say.
Of the on shore tents I stopped at a few...here's some highlights for me.
Good old marine safety
were there and good on them...always helpful with good advise.
were there, had a great chat to Claude...looking forward to seeing the Cruise4.0 on a cat or two soon...they are being used right now on various boats but I have not seen the actual boats yet.
...a local manufacturer of Anchor
winches...nice machinery and nice features. Good to see locals.
and monitoring boat solution. Use your iphone/android phone
or pad to check up on the state of batteries or bilge
or pictures from the boat etc. Nice system and relatively cheap
to install. However you are signed up to a daily/monthly/yearly cost to use it. I will keep looking for one that is a once off buy with similar features.
Lastly but definately not least was SOLAR - Marine Solar Specialists
. The products are really cool and I was actually sold on the ideas there. If you get there check out the "door-mat" at the front of the desk. The panels
themselves are really thin flexible panels
with cells arranged on a very thin "plastic-like" backing. They can be glued or clipped or zipped on to the boat. Yes, zipped. The panels can have a zip sewn on to the edge and then zipped on to the bimini canvas
...really cool. All in all I really liked this product. The 100watt (@ about 22.5% efficient) and the 125watt (@ about 17% efficient) panels were about $1000 each. Finally some cool gizmos like solar
were there as well.
So, very disappointed at the lack of multihulls, very poor turn-up...come on multi hull
sellers...where are you?
Lots of monos and stinkboats by the way!
Mick in Melbourne.