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Actually I think this was a fair show. Lots of vendors, many of them helpful. I don't think I need to go every year, but every other year works. My wife gets her shopping fix and I get to look at boats and STUFF!
Someone asked if there was anything new. I really can't think of anything that was earth shattering new. I am not looking for a new boat, so interest was not as high.
I think that the seminars are still good, but the best ones are done by the pros and are the same every year. How many times can you listen to the same presentation? Some were done by very knowledgeable people who want to sell books. However, in many of those cases they are more knowledgeable and better sailors than they are speakers.
The Alerion Express 38 was definetly as they claimed, "The Prettiest Girl at the Dance". The new species of day sailors from the high end guys are beautiful. The set up on this boat made handling this 38 a walk in the park.
So, I will probably skip a year a go back again. Colder than those brass monkeys balls in Chicago and the entire midwest this weekend. Better go and push some snow off the boat cover tomorrow.