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post #4 of Old 10-15-2002
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Boat Show Review

You will think this is collusion, but I have to echo John Drake''s observation about the quality levels of some boats. As I get a little smarter with time around boats, I can see the same thing. I found myself thinking: 1) will this hold up under stress? 2) is this construction I could be happy looking at day after day?

We spent a lot of time on the Tartans, Sabres, Southerly, and the Morris. It was hard to look at the "value-priced" pack in quite the same way again. Please note I''m not putting down anyone''s choice in a boat; there are good reasons for purchasing whatever you do.

The best thing about this show was that I discovered my wife''s previous strong preferences are not as "strong" as they once appeared. It looks now like I can steer her to a boat other than just a "floating condo" and still have her blessing. Most married guys would agree that having a great boat and your wife''s complete approval is a nice combo.

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