Originally Posted by sailvayu
I was put off by the number of salesmen and brokers that seemed more interested in their cell phones than the shopper. Many would not even look up as people came on the boats or into their booth. Some were downright rude when I asked questions. I have seen this at other shows but it seemed really bad this year. I hope sales are that good that they can treat shoppers with such distain. There were however many that were a pleasure to talk to so it is not all bad just surprised me how many acted like they really did not want to be there or could not be bothered.
We finally bought a Sailrite
sewing machine, bout time! Met the owner and had some great conversation, we even discussed reopening a shop in Annapolis. We managed to get only 5 samples of Kanberra
and one sample spray (Score
), I also purchased our annual 22 oz refil at the bargain price of $88
(Its great stuff, but damn $$). Spoke to the folks at Sail Care
about how they mucked up my batten pockets again, they offered to fix it but I declined. Decided the Sea Frost
BDX is the refer we'll be purchasing and installing sometime this off season, looking forward to not having to schlep ice around! Stopped by Beta Engines
and thanked Stanley for the tickets to the show and chatted with the mechanic who assisted me with the engine install.
We didn't board many boats nor did we really inspect them in any great detail but did observe many short comings, often on some very pricey boats.
I find the Seaward
46 an odd but interesting design. The interior is just weird, cant exactly put my finger on what I like and dislike. I noted the sole has so many different levels that moving around that boat at sea would seem very dangerous? The cabinetry seems so much like an afterthought with the way they're installed, it doesn't flow and has a chopped up look.
showed well this year, I believe that's because they seem to be one of the few there that incorporate innovation with that classic look/feel. The solid wood interiors were attractive after seeing so much veneers. I had never been aboard the 4100, nice yacht
After reading this thread I wish I had gone on the Blue Jacket, Alerion, and Outbound. Was Hallberg Rassy
Overall there was really nothing I would be willing to pay the money they want for these boats, even if I had it. Without a detailed knowledge of the boat itself, I would say the Catalina 440
is the best buy at the show for my taste and likes, but dollar for dollar I am still buying a older design of better quality...a refit Bristol, Mason, Hans Christian, HR, Malo, etc...
The best part of the show for me, getting the opportunity to meet Maine Sail
and thank him personally for all he has contributed to this and other forums, and all he has so generously helped me with time and time again.
RC, great being able to chat and talk more than just boats, cheers.
BTW...not only did we get in with complimentary tickets, but I scored a free parking spot within 5 minute walk