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ChuckA 01-15-2012 04:06 PM

Impressions from the Providence Boat Show Jan 2012
 
We scored a couple of tickets to the boat show last week, courtesy of SafeSea (boat towing & marine salvage) .

There was a marine bargain basement on the first floor at the entrance to the show. I read it was offering donated leftover supplies from marinas as a fundraiser for Clean the Bay. Although I'm a huge fan of marine consignment shops, I didn't see anything I would be willing to pay for at the "bargain tables". The good news for RI's East Bay boaters is that a marine consignment shop will be opening soon in Bristol RI. I should have stopped to ask about the details, but I'll have to keep an eye out for more info.

As usual, the main focus of the show was powerboats, but there were a few sailboats on display. .

The European Smartboat 23 was the most interesting powerboat I saw at the show. There were no sales people in sight at the display. I won't pass judgement, but it was certainly an interesting and unconventional hull form. LWL = LOA

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7154/6...2a00ed9894.jpg
IMG_20120114_141035 by chuckanastasia, on Flickr

The Harbor 20 - The Classic Modern Daysailer was unquestionably the prettiest sailboat on the show floor.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7023/6...9d34421163.jpg
IMG_20120114_141541 by chuckanastasia, on Flickr

Hunter had the two largest sailboats on display at the show, a 33 and a 41. They were very popular with the visitors. I didn't venture on board either. They appear to be heavily discounted off their list price to entice interest, but the so called "savings" are 2 to 3 times what I paid for my boat!

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IMG_20120114_144105 by chuckanastasia, on Flickr

I also stopped by the Defender booth, to get the date for their annual spring sale. (March 29-April 1) An annual not to miss event for any boater who is looking to save on spring outfitting upgrades. They were promoting an interesting looking inflatable RescueMax MOB recovery system from Revere. It looks like a compact inflatable alternative to the LifeSling). I didn't really look at it that closely at the show, but their promo price is about half the LifeSling price. When I started to look into it online today, I couldn't find any indication it is USCG approved, and it doesn't even appear on the Revere website. I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has experience with this unit.

The show seemed a little better attended than last year, but I glad I'm not trying to make a living selling new fiberglass powerboats. That's a tough way to make a living these days.

More details and a few more photos on my blog.

Faster 01-15-2012 04:44 PM

Since this was last week, I'm assuming you meant 2012 (fixed it for you, btw);)

ChuckA 01-15-2012 04:57 PM

Yes, 2012. Thanks!

ChuckA 01-22-2012 03:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckA (Post 817038)

I also stopped by the Defender booth... They were promoting an interesting looking inflatable RescueMax MOB recovery system from Revere. It looks like a compact inflatable alternative to the LifeSling). I didn't really look at it that closely at the show, but their promo price is about half the LifeSling price. When I started to look into it online today, I couldn't find any indication it is USCG approved, and it doesn't even appear on the Revere website. I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has experience with this unit.

I heard back from Defender earlier in the week about the Revere RescueMax MOB recovery system, and am just getting around to updating on it.

They said it does NOT carry any USCG approval as a PFD or throwable device. This significantly dampens my interest, but I would still like to hear from anyone who has experience with it or knows more about it. I'll try a separate thread in the Gear forum.

dreuge 02-08-2012 01:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChuckA (Post 819865)
I heard back from Defender earlier in the week about the Revere RescueMax MOB recovery system, and am just getting around to updating on it.

They said it does NOT carry any USCG approval as a PFD or throwable device. This significantly dampens my interest, but I would still like to hear from anyone who has experience with it or knows more about it. I'll try a separate thread in the Gear forum.

Hi,
I just received my RescueMax from Defender, and I am very pleased. It looks very well made and designed. I'm not worried about the USCG approval (maybe it's just too new) since I always have a seat cushion which meets the minimum requirement. It is well worth the current $40 price see link.

"http://www.defender.com/activecaptain.jsp"

dreuge 02-08-2012 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dreuge (Post 828358)
Hi,
I just received my RescueMax from Defender, and I am very pleased. It looks very well made and designed. I'm not worried about the USCG approval (maybe it's just too new) since I always have a seat cushion which meets the minimum requirement. It is well worth the current $40 price see link.

"http://www.defender.com/activecaptain.jsp"

Opps, I see that the $40 price is no longer offered, but defender has it for $59 now. It is still worth it.


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