Spent Saturday and Sunday at the show. First time doing the show proper.
Had a busy schedule with vendors so we didn't get much of a chance to go aboard a lot of boats. Niether me nor my wife are particular fans of modern Euro-styled boats so we didn't bother too much there. I did want her to take a look at some modern cruisers so we boarded the HR that was there. Clearly a well built boat but Mrs. Argyle wasn't too impressed with the interior. She loved the Gozzards however. They seem to be well built boats as well and the way they lay it out so your V-berth is you sitting area at anchor makes a lot of sense. It also had the largest galley we'd ever seen on a ~40' boat.
Also checked the Tartan 101, which happened to be owned by a guy I used to race against back in Cleveland. Small world. Looks like a great boat for racing.
Otherwise, I spent most of the time tracking down various vendors and seeing what deals they had.
I put a deposit down on some sails form Neil Pryde. The office is in Milford and the sail designer races in my club so I already had the boat measured and an initial quote in hand. Got 25% off by putting down the deposit during the show! Really looking forward to new sails. Still have the original canvas on my 1975 Downeaster.
Bought a new anchor. A Manson Boss 45 to replace my CQR 45. It's one of the few new style anchors that will fit on my bowsprit. Was told by the Mantus guy how my Manson boss was going to promptly kill me by dragging me into the rocks...
(never ends does it...)
Bought a new Icom SSB from "the GPS store". The had a great deal on the unit. Wasn't sure I was going to buy that but couldn't pass up the deal. The mast is coming down this year and the backstay is getting replaced, so now is a good time as any I guess.
Got a great deal on a Henry Lloyd jacket, less of a great deal (but still not bad) on a new set of Musto foulies. Always wanted a set of those and my old Gill stuff is falling apart now.
It was great meeting some Sailnetters there as well. MainSail, Chuckles, Chef, had a great time chatting with you guys at Pussers. Chris and Ed from S/V Freedom, don't remember if you are on SN or not, but if you are... Go Buckeyes!!!