I went back to the show again today. Today was purchase day without the little lady (much safer). Went back on the Delphia as well as the Bene31, C375, the Hanse 35 and 37, both the Jenneau SF3200 and the Sun Odyssey 36i and finally the Tartan 3400. I didn't get a chance to go on the IP as I was out of time.
I restate what I said earlier. The nicest boat there was the Delphia for the same reasons as above. Close runner up was the Hanse 37. Great layout, nice fittings, lots of stowage and I love the way they have hidden the electrical panel behind frosted glass in such a way that it is easily accessible but not glaring for when you are entertaining. The 35 was similar but with less stowage and with a visible electrical panel.
The SF3200 is a great boat IF you are a racer. I personally am not a big fan of a pipe berth but from a race standpoint it is a serious machine. Dual tillers, stripped to othe bone. The only solid doorway was to the head which doubles as a massive sail locker. The aft cabin was zippered canvas as is all of the storage down below.
The Tartan felt like a 1980s boat down below, too dark. The non-skid felt like teflon. Thought I was going over the rail on dry land! It was the only boat that used off the shelf electrical panels (4 seperate Blue Sea Systems panels mounted side by side), great for replacement parts but a little confused esthetically.
The C375 felt like a new RV, nice interior layout and bright but cheap materials. Same on the Bene31. Melamine laminated doors don't make sense in a humid environment if you ask me. It felt like an Ikea kitchen.
All of the boats with the exception of the Delphia used the basic Jabsco head and had cheap feeling, laminated floor boards. For CDN$250K (after currency exchange, transport, taxes etc), I would not want the cheaspest available head.
I did find some decent deals on stuff. Bought a new CDN flag, radar reflector and othe goodies like new paper charts. Bought the Cookmate 4200 stove for $250 versus over $400 for the Origo. Bought the NASA (www.vmg-marine.com)
Speed/ Depth and Wind instruments. Found a new AP (the demo unit Raymarine X-5 from their booth
). Had fun and met some nice dealers.