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What did you buy at the Annapolis Boat show

I love this show. So many new shiny boats begging for owners that will love them. Many gadgets to buy in all the booths. Pussers painkillers in tin mugs to drink. The best weather in the history of the show.
Here is what I bought:
4 Garhauer Snatch Block - Series 40, One spool of New England 10 mm Sta-set rope, Galleyware nesting cooking pots, tumbler drinking glasses, hats for crew with my boat name on it, renewed membership to SSCA & Lats & Atts.
The boats at the show where impressive for the most part. The Southerly 42 RST at the show won my best cruising boat of the year award. I am off to buy my lottery ticket. The Hinkley Sou'wester 70 won the most gorgeous boat of the year. Had to change my drool bid twice looking at her.
Most improved production boat goes to Dufour. Most impressive new deck hardware: Calibers Smart Rail system - Ding davits, engine motor lift and solar panels built in the stern rail.
The bad at the show. Most of the production boats I saw I was shock to say the least. They have cheapen the boats with inferior materials all through out the boats. Concrete/steel keels vs lead, lower grade deck hardware, plastic and inferior woods in the cabin. I asked the head sales person at the show about this and they all acknowledge what I saw. They all said it was to keep the boat in a certain price range and they had to make some changes. It reminds me of what they did in the mid 80's-90's during the last boat recession. It was a horrible thing to see.
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I was surprised how many boats were made in China. The Outbounds were a big disappointment in this respect (not to mention that strange companionway drop-off in the new 52). Even the new little Melges 20 (pretty sweet little racer) gets shipped over in a container (four per).

My favorite boat at the show was the schooner Virginia.

The only equipment I bought was a Davis Mega Light, which can serve as a back-up anchor light.

I tried to buy 4 of these, but no one had them in stock. I saw them on several boats at the show and they are infinitely superior to the inboard leads we have on our boat, and better than the Schaeffer version too:

Harken Outboard Stanchion Lead Block

I'm ordering 4 from Defender today.
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The bad at the show. Most of the production boats I saw I was shock to say the least. They have cheapen the boats with inferior materials all through out the boats. Concrete/steel keels vs lead, lower grade deck hardware, plastic and inferior woods in the cabin. I asked the head sales person at the show about this and they all acknowledge what I saw. They all said it was to keep the boat in a certain price range and they had to make some changes. It reminds me of what they did in the mid 80's-90's during the last boat recession. It was a horrible thing to see.
I ESPECIALLY liked the quarter-sawn plastic veneer on the Jeanneau cabinetry!

Sailing buddy and I were showing is stepson/new daughter in law around. Looked at the Morris and other YACHTS, then went and showed them the POS crappy boats and why they were crappy.

Makes me more convinced then ever to find an older boat that has depreciated and fix it up the way I want. Or find one that already has 95% of what I want. In the meantime my sailing club's Catalina 320 and others will have to do.

Didn't buy anything. Just looked, but had a great day. In fact it helped me get over being "sick" and I was able to go back to work on Saturday!
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I bought a couple of boat hooks from West Marine and a tube of Flitz polish which I found works great on fogged polycarbonate windows. The Hinkley is beautiful but I feel sorry for the poor sap that has to maintain all that teak. The Hylas 70 wasn't chopped liver either. My favorite boat in the show was the Tartan 4400. Actually it was the Tartan 5300 but at over a million dollars I can't even dream about that one.

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Two Sport-A-Seats, Sunbrella leftovers to make seat covers out of, Weems-Plath portable chart table with parallel rules and compass rose built in, chart tube, over-the-fence ice cream and a couple of painkillers . We looked at RIB's (think we settled on a Caribe 9X [West Marine has the lowest price around on it believe it or not]), generators, AC units, mattresses (think we're going latex), Drippless Shafts, fishing stuff [neat booth where a guy builds short stubby rods with 80lb test just to troll off the back of a sailboat) and various other odds and ends. It was a most educational show for us as we also learned how to strip a winch apart, went to a diesel basics seminar (a bit too basic, but our 11 year old son learned a lot) and a Cruising with Kids seminar where we met several cruising families we'll have to hook up with. By the way, did I mention we're now seriously considering leaving to cruise in 4 weeks instead of in a year and a half (if we can make it happen with regards to work stuff, which I doubt). We actually only went on one boat the entire show.
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I missed the show this year. How was attendance?
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What a great weekend. The weather was great. I bought a number of Ying lings over the three days as well as a few Pain killers for the misses and me and some good chow.

Well we just bought our '86 Baba 40 3 weeks before the show. We didn't buy alot of stuff but still spent a few boat bucks. The big spending is yet to come. We did get a couple of Revere self inflating life jackets, some prism polish, a pressure cooker and cookware that nests inside of it, tools for screw retraction, ( I have a bunch of screws to take care of in the teak deck), a specialty tool for making clamps and binding with wire. The big purchase was a new sailrite sewing machine. Our Baba had the fuel tank spring a leak before we purchased her. The cushions all reak of diesel. We have decided to just outright replace them rather than clean them and replace them in a year or two. Besides the fabric is showing wear.

I was mostly gathering info on autopilots, basic electronics for wind, speed and depth, info on varnish, epoxy or Cetol fuel tanks and a host of other things that need to be done.

It does make it hard to go back to work this week. I would rather be working on my Baba. At least the Dow is up today.


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Henri Lloyd Gore-Tex Offshore Racer Jacket and Hi-fit trousers. Saved $250 over internet pricing, and talked to some nice people from Annapolis Performance sailing.

And maybe had a couple painkillers.
Must say, the Andrews 28 will be my next boat. Trailerable, 7' draft, sprit, and just enough below to keep me happy. No wood, no shower, no stove, no cabinets to complain about. I think it rates 84 in PHRF. But at 100k barebones and 120k ready to go, I think I'll have my merit for another couple decades.
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A Tasco 2 burner stove with oven, a bunch of Marinebeam LED replacement bulbs, some sewing machine oil, and the admiral bit for the back massager.

Great weather and great party by Sunsail on Saturday night.
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I just got the word that I'll be crewing on a boat delivery from Stamford to Key West in November! The show discounts came in handy.
too many mussels, crabs and Yeunglings!

Dubarry Ultima boots
Gill Pro Gloves
Spinlock Deck Vest - smokn deal!
Butt Pads for my Gill racing shorts
Hand line and lures
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