The boat show was pretty busy, or at least that seemed to be consensus among the vendors. We generally enjoyed ourselves and looked at a variety of products and services including Surrette batteries
and SunWare photovoltaik
It is funny
the things one can get excited about when you are a sailor. Not sure if the surrette batteries are worth the Boatshow price of $1200 (normal $1500) for 375Ah but the solar panels
look like a good solution to address our electricity needs.
Does anyone have experience with either of these products?
We also a attended a seminar by Derek Hatfield
on his three round the world
alone races which included an account when he pitchpooled in Cape Horn. An interesting thing is he is fund raising for his next race
by offering trips from Lunenburg NS to various locales including the Azores
and St. Piere et Miquelon, ranging from 3 days $1800 up to 10 days for $5000. It would be an interesting and unique opportunity to sail in an Open 60 for those who want to feel the thrill of going really fast (20Kt) in a sailboat. I am not sure that is my thing, however. Anyone who is interested can contact him at "training_at_spiritofcanada_dot_net
As I am feeling a bit more philanthropic as my years advance I was also interested in BroadReach
which offers sailing for at risk youth and another organization called Blind Sail
which offers sailing for the visually impaired. Might offer an opportunity to give something back while participating in my favorite sport...
We ended the day by outfitting our crew with a new set of wets for next season. Not great quality but better than what we currently have at a price that couldn't be beat.
It actually turns out that seeing the boats was the least interesting part of the day although I liked the Catalina