Cruiser/Lats and Atts TV
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Friday Harbor, WA
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I spent 90% of my week at Strictly Sail Miami, where attendance was down. Estimates were 10-30% fewer people. Exhibitors there reported everything from "worst show I've ever had" to "we sold more here than any show in our history". Don't know how the "big boats" did (Hunter, Catalina, Beneteau, etc.), but the guys at Com-Pac Yachts sold all the trailerable cat boats they brought.
We went up to the convention center twice for some shooting, and when I came back to the strictly sail venue, everybody asked how it was up there. My reply was, "There doesn't appear to be any economic slow down with the power boat crowd..." To which many sailing industry types would just shake their head.
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1978 North Sea 33 Pilothouse Cutter (Ta Chiao)