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Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Friday Harbor, WA
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It was an interesting show. It was my 5th Strictly Sail Miami show in a row, and the first time it "shrunk". The vendor area went from one very large tent and one average tent, to just the one very large one - with some empty spots. Show management tried to cancel the other tent, but the trade show mafia that does that part said no, it had already been ordered. So we used it for the Saturday night party, which turned out great. A slightly smaller crowd than last year, which went along with what seemed like a slightly smaller attendance overall. Still, as we do at every official Lats & Atts party, we gave away some very cool prizes including a one-week Sunsail charter in the Caribbean, and a Spectra watermaker.
Of the vendors and clients I spoke with, there was about a 50/50 mix between those who said they had a great show, to those who basically said it sucked. There were certainly fewer new boat manufacturers, and the entire outer dock which in years past had been filled with new boats, was not. About the only part of the show which appeared to have grown was the catamarans. It seems like 5 years ago there was a dock and half filled with cats. This year 3 full docks of multihulls.
The next Strictly Sail Show is in April in Oakland. It's at the same old location, Jack London Square, except the redevelopment of the square is now complete so it should be a better show and environment. And we'll have another Lats & Atts party there, too...
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"Always approach the dock at the speed you wish to hit it."
1978 North Sea 33 Pilothouse Cutter (Ta Chiao)