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I went to both the Seattle boat show and Vancouver Int'l ones last year and will be again this year. It is mostly for checking out accessories for my current boating experience and a bit of entertainment. One thing was readily apparent at both shows - the ratio of power boats to sail boats, (on the hard) power boats rule at these shows. I can go back 30 years when I attended boat shows in Vancouver and can recall vividly the number of sails raised indicating the proliferation of sail boats in those days. Sailboats were much more popular back then and many displays were dedicated to sailors. Nowadays there are only a small handfull of sailboats on display on the hard. Even at the floating portion of the shows I noticed a larger percentage of power boats, with todays fuel costs I find it incomprehensible. One thing I did notice about the power boat display side of the show - they were mostly trailerable, seems to be where the market share is these days.
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Sorry, not much relevance to the OP, but I was just looking at this page for the "Strictly Sail" in Miami in February, and find the last sentence on the page very interesting! Are they referring to SD ?

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CaptKermie, the Toronto show was close to 50 / 50 sail vs. power boats. Angus Yachts had the full line-up of Hunters, from trailer to 49 ft. and Jeanneau's. Bene's and Catalinas were there as well as a few other manufacturers that I didn't get to. Lots of sail products on display and for sale. The 2 In-water shows in the summer / fall in Toronto have the same split if not more sail than power although I focused more on sail than power.
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huh? Are you sure you went to the same boat show in Toronto as I did? There is NO WAY was it 50% power and 50% sail. More like 95% power and 4% sail and 1%(jet ski, or atv or snow mobile).

I went twice, since I got tickets from Catalina. I have to say the island packet by far was my fav, it was 370, that is one fine looking ship . That thing has more space then you can even think of what your going to use it for.


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CaptKermie, the Toronto show was close to 50 / 50 sail vs. power boats. Angus Yachts had the full line-up of Hunters, from trailer to 49 ft. and Jeanneau's. Bene's and Catalinas were there as well as a few other manufacturers that I didn't get to. Lots of sail products on display and for sale. The 2 In-water shows in the summer / fall in Toronto have the same split if not more sail than power although I focused more on sail than power.
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huh? Are you sure you went to the same boat show in Toronto as I did? There is NO WAY was it 50% power and 50% sail. More like 95% power and 4% sail and 1%(jet ski, or atv or snow mobile).

I went twice, since I got tickets from Catalina. I have to say the island packet by far was my fav, it was 370, that is one fine looking ship . That thing has more space then you can even think of what your going to use it for.
Gotta agree with you Digital, way more stink pots than sail.

I can't agree on the Island Packet though....
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Yeah, we checked out the Tartan 43, because we liked the 4100. The installations, manifolds and accesses are better than most, but good grief, the price!

We must have walked right past the Island Packet...I don't know how.
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The Island Packet was right in the corner beside the Macgregor 26. How's that for diversity! I found the Island Packet to be a disappointment, small and much too expensive. There was a pilothouse version of the Island Packet there as well. The Tartan 43 was beautifully laid out, gorgeous woodwork....but $437,000?


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That explains why I didn't see it: I averted my eyes at the Macgregor 26 corner...heh...
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huh? Are you sure you went to the same boat show in Toronto as I did? There is NO WAY was it 50% power and 50% sail. More like 95% power and 4% sail and 1%(jet ski, or atv or snow mobile).

I went twice, since I got tickets from Catalina. I have to say the island packet by far was my fav, it was 370, that is one fine looking ship . That thing has more space then you can even think of what your going to use it for.

Well maybe it appeared that way to me since I was really only interested in looking at sail and not power. I walked in the main door and turned right towards the sailboats and gear. It seemed that the sail was on the right half and power on the left half. After touring the sail boats we headed to the back to check out some toys at the vendors in the back section and socialize with the people from our marina that we hadn't seen since Oct. We then headed over to the lake and back out into the main room. After checking out the 28ft. mahogany runabout, the $650 twin 800hp cig. boat and then the $2.2M Neptunus Yacht, I kinda glazed over and was ready for the exit. I really didn't cross the length of the main room to truly see the proportions.

I will stand down and yield to the majority.

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So when does the Neptunus show up at your dock?

Twin 800hp? Lets see....gas is at about $1.00 a litre, hmmm thats $4.50 a gallon, that works out to about..a house mortgage every time you go out. Thank God for the beauty and quietness of sailing!


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