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Re: Annapolis Sailboat Show Observations & Notes
I didn't make this year's show. Still, some thoughts based on many years of attending this show:
I concur! Pussers is usally one of the best stops to make!
For those who thought the show seemed scaled down - possible! The industry is still in recession. Exibitors have to make a financial cost/benefit decision. For those past exibitors, not getting on the right side of that equation over the past few years could have been a deal breaker.
New boats that leak, squeak and have parts falling off - generally, wouldn't go too tough here. yes there is no excuse, but then again most complicated products have a similar quality level. Stuff happens! More so when that stuff has to be transported hundreds or even thousands of miles for display.
Designs that aren't very salt worthy. Sail boat design took a turn years ago that put creature comfort ahead of the prime directive - sailing ability. Wide wider and wider still boats. The new new thing is big windows. Big windows and big waves don't play nice together. And, the corrosive environment these boats are used in probably is not going to play well with the materials or adhesives used for installation. it's one thing when you've got a minor window leak on the coach, it's another when it's your hull that's leaking.
To those who went glad you had a good time! Classic plastic looking beter and better!
Last edited by TJC45; 10-15-2013 at 12:51 PM.