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Newport Boat Show
I went to the Newport Boat Show yesterday, and am interested in the thoughts of others who also attended. This year was different for me in that my wife and daugther came along. My wife hadn't been to a show in I don't know how many years (at least 10), and my thirteen year old had never been before.
A few random thoughts: The Morris 52 is unbelievable; what a gorgeous boat. In what is an almost unthinkable development, I am starting to like the M series better than the Friendship line. If I had the money..... Btw, it was a mistake to take the ladies aboard the Morris and Friendships near the beginning of our tour; it really spoiled them for anything else.
One thing we did do that was a plus: we went aboard a couple of catamarans. Normally, I don't bother, but I had it in my mind that a cat would be a great choice for a Carribbean charter and maybe if they saw one, it would get them excited. It did. Lots of room, trampolines, no heeling! Now, to follow up and actually go.
The e 33 was a revelation: an enormous cockpit with a sundeck where the lazarette would normally be. When I say enormous, I really mean it. You could fit eight adults in there with ease. Sail handling looked very easy. However, this is really a daysailer. There is a real head below, but its behind a curtain. There are four "berths", but it is really camping on the water. A beautiful boat for sure. The company is partially owned by the Doyles of Doyle Sails. This was my daughter's favorite boat.
I steered the family to the Catalina 309, as I thought it would be a realistic choice as a family cruiser for us. However, because we saw it after the Morris, the Admiral thought it looked "cheap" below. To put this in perspective however, she also didn't like the Hylas 46, nor the Island Packets. Granted, none of these boats have white paneled bulkheads or cabinetry with 15 coats of varnish below like the M line, but come on! She did however admire the Passport 515.
On a more mundane (but still exciting) note, I am always looking for a bargain at the Boat Show. I was able to pick up a Helly Hansen auto inflate PFD for $50! Should have bought two.
Anyone else take advantage of the spectacular weather and go?