I spent the last three days at the show. I loved it, but with the exception of Saturday, not very big crowds.
I attended a LOT of seminars and I think water
sailing">Blue Water Sailing and the seminar leaders did a great job with them. The DIY seminars were very well done, hats off to Jack Clang and Garret Falls. Interlux
and West Systems even stepped into a few and gave a LOT of really good advice/tips.
Most of the big production boat companies were there, but I didn't see Bavaria
, which surprised me. I personally don't like the open sterns on a few of the boats there, as I like a bit of cockpit
surrounding me, but I guess that is a personal choice. I did notice that the U.S. production boats are joining the European crowd and making their boats more stern docking
friendly. All the production companies seem to be going to "wood look" vice real wood for cabnetry, which I detest, and almost all the boats seemed to have laminate floors, another YUCK for me.
My favorite quotes form the show:
"There are two types of boat cruisers; those who send post cards, those who get them, which do you want to be?"
"I'm kind of surprised a sailboat company would show up at a show without keels on their boats" directed at the Jeanneau
boats that were at the show with their keels installed.