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I went to the Dallas International Boat Show

Not a single f'ing sailboat.

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Not too surprising here in Texas. Even the ones on the coast don't have many.
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You won't find any at the Baltimore Boat Show, Washington Boat, Philadelphia Boat Show, etc... You WILL see lots of them at the Annapolis, MD In-Water Sailboat Show, and Norwalk, CT's Sailboat Show. At one time, The Baltimore Boat Show, when it was called the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, was loaded with sailboats. It was the same way at Phili and Washington as well. Guess those days are gone forever.

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Interesting. SeaLake and Mariner-Sails were both listed as vendors. I know SeaLake has been there with Beneteaus in the past--in fact my Bene31 was one of their boat-show boats.

Maybe the combination of the bad weather, and competition from the Superbowl contributed to no-shows?
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You won't find any at the Baltimore Boat Show, Washington Boat, Philadelphia Boat Show, etc... You WILL see lots of them at the Annapolis, MD In-Water Sailboat Show, and Norwalk, CT's Sailboat Show. At one time, The Baltimore Boat Show, when it was called the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, was loaded with sailboats. It was the same way at Phili and Washington as well. Guess those days are gone forever.

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Is it sad that I'm planning a vacation in the next year or so around the Annapolis boat show?

The Dallas boat show used to have some sailboats. It's gradually trickled down. There's a bunch of sailboats and lots of marinas around.
They're more expensive to move, I guess.

I felt my IQ drop a few points the moment I walked in.
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We hit the Denver Boat show this year again - and the best part about it was leaving and going to Bubba Gump Shrimp house for lunch and then stumbling to Rock Bottom for beer then back to the hotel.

The boat show sucked.

They cater to high speed, fast and powerful engines, and skiing here - and that's about it. There were about five sailboats. All of them were under 25 feet and none of them anything I'd want to sail.

I did talk to a couple though that had just returned from five years of cruising. They were nice, but they had given up on sailing, so I asked what they were at the show for. They said they were looking for kayaks. lol
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At least the water-skiing squirrel made it to town
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I published an article about the squirrel several years ago in the Washington Post. At the time they were on squirrel number 5. Squirrels apparently don't live all that long, therefore they were constantly in the process of training squirrels as replacements.

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No surprise - powerboats are a much bigger market, and vendors need to cater to that. Philly boat show is tiny, so no surprise. Atlantic City's is a little bigger, and this year had about 10 Beneteaus, Jenneaus, Hunters, and a Catalina in the 27-50' range. All were displayed by G. Winter/Riverside/Tidewater/Sail Annapolis who are under the same owner.

Unfortunately AC did not have the squirrel this year.
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