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Re: What I learned at the Annapolis Boat Show

I thought the crowds were a bit worse than this year. So much so that my other half just got fed up and we went up Main St for most of the afternoon and wandered around the sights.

Next year - VIP day for me. That way I can hopefully see most of the boats without worry or hassle.
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Re: What I learned at the Annapolis Boat Show

We seek out the bad-weather days, really keeps the crowds down so you can talk to vendors uninterrupted and explore boats. Bad weather Mondays are the best of all!
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Re: What I learned at the Annapolis Boat Show

For some reason, I thought it was Thursday to Sunday only?
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MOnday is the best day to go to get deal from all the purveyors. They dont want to have to pack and their stuff back. Some of the best deep discounts I have gotten were on Mondays of the Sailboat show.

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Re: What I learned at the Annapolis Boat Show

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17. Electric winches, while really awesome, just seem wrong! Are you really sailing when you just have to push a button to trim the sails?
I would never go back. For certain, there are plenty of sailors that belong in a wooden square rigger with block and tackle and a tiller. Anything newer is sacrilege.

However, I have personally witnessed how often we will just pull the sails out in wind conditions where my friends won't go through the effort. I can have them fully out and back in again in a couple of minutes, so I sail more.

Of course, if you must, you can still put a winch handle in them.
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MOnday is the best day to go to get deal from all the purveyors. They dont want to have to pack and their stuff back. Some of the best deep discounts I have gotten were on Mondays of the Sailboat show.

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Agreed..that's how I purchased my wife's anniversary gift..went by the 'Fatty Knees' dingy sales rep. on a Monday afternoon about an hour before closing. Rep didn't want to drag the dingy back so part of the deal was a delivery to my marina as well as all the optional pieces thrown into the deal.
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Re: What I learned at the Annapolis Boat Show

15 minutes into my first day at the show, I heard the following question posed to a salesman that pretty much says it all about the state of "sailing", today...

"Does it have a JOYSTICK?"

The Annapolis show is always fun, but it's pretty depressing what a hollow shell of what it was 10 or 15 years ago it has now become. The variety of boats that were exhibited this year is not even remotely close to what we were seeing a dozen or more years ago, and it seems each year now another builder is conspicuous by its absence. For me this year, it was Morris. Last year, their Leadership 44 I thought was the star of the show, now they're not even back with one of their Faberge Egg Daysailers, which I think speaks volumes about the state of the industry today...

The show really should be re-named the UNITED STATES CHARTER CATAMARAN & PLASTIC PRODUCTION SAILBOAT SHOW... Without the presence of the hordes of charter companies and their flybridge multihulls with booms 25 feet above the water, the entire show could now be squeezed into Ego Alley. Amazing the amount of open water in between the outer docks now, and this year for the first time, in an effort to fill open space outside the perimeter dock, local brokers were invited to show brokerage boats...

This Stairway to Heaven aboard the Isara 50 has to rate as the stupidest thing I saw this year... Wouldn't you just love to try to keep that chintzy Chinese stainless work gleaming and water spot-free, in a salt water environment?



This is what passes for a nav station, apparently, on a 46' boat these days... Hands-down winner of the award for the Navigator's Chair Most Wildly Out of Proportion To the Table, my 13" MacBook wouldn't even fit in this space:



Looks like a trickle-down/crossover from the world of stinkpots, will Bimbo Pads become the next big thing on sailboats?



Finally, this year's Beauty...



...and The Beast (Monohull Division, winner for the 3rd consecutive year)...

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Re: What I learned at the Annapolis Boat Show

We go to the show every year. We're happy with our boat and lack of boat payment for now, but it's nice to get ideas for projects and upgrades from the new boats. Maybe in a few years...

As for there being fewer boats than 10 or 15 years ago, well that has everything to do with the economy. The small builders are selling very few boats right now so the show represents a big investment. I imagine it was even worse at the power boat show.

Sunday was a good day. The rain kept the crowds manageable, our foulies kept us dry and a stop by the Hendricks barge warmed us up. I can't believe this thread is three pages in with no mention of Hendricks!

We enjoyed the show, had drinks with friends and picked up a few things we needed. For us it's a relaxing annual getaway that we always look forward to. Now if I can just keep the wife off the Gozzard...
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Re: What I learned at the Annapolis Boat Show

Jon has it exactly right...
As far as crowds...Saturday's was relatively light compared to those going back to the last 15 years.
I was disappointed that Island Packet's new Blue Jacket wasn't available yeti. Though the economy is still sluggish IP may be positioned for the recovery.

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