I just came from the Sept. 2015 Newport, RI show.
First off, if you use Ticketmaster, the e-ticket function is next to useless. You have to find the main tent and they will print you a ticket to get you into one of the gates and they will give you a wristband from there. Stupid, I was sent to FOUR different places before they would let us in. Correction, the e-ticket function is useless, print the effing things out.
The "VIP" thursday ticket gets you nothing but "free" parking for more money. If you are a complete idiot like me and use the e-ticket option you must park first, then go get sent to four different locations until you finally arrive at the golden palace so they can print you a paper ticket and then they will ask you if you still want your parking ticket. They do this just in case you want to go move your car or attempt to get some sort of refund from a parking attendant.
Last time I went to the Newport boat show I said it was my last. If I go again it will be by boat so at least I'll get some sailing in.
I ended up parking a bit farther away than I would have liked, but it was a nice walk and I got a free charge for my Nissan Leaf EV.
Even less interesting doo-dad vendors with magic sail ties or glue or any such nonsense, not even a guy cooking with a microphone round his head hawking stacking pan sets. At least not today. I did get a new cap with the name of my boat on it.
Only one Catalina in the entire show, a 315.
Only the C&C 30 OD and that is one cool boat, but it's not a lot to show the girlfriend unless she's the type to enjoy something like; "look honey, we could scare the hell out of people on a beam reach at 18 knots, then do a sail change and surf until they beg us to stop." And if you have that type of girlfriend...well...every guy here is a bit peeved at you. Oh, yea, the Redline 41 was MIA, too bad because it is one hell of a purdy vessel.
Still over at USW, I could not find the Alerion 41, but maybe I missed it.
The Marlow-Hunter boats looked nice, a step up from what I remember in the past. Seems like the workmanship is better or is it my imagination?
Bennie and Jennie made a fine showing, as did Hanse but not enough sub 38 foot boats. I did like the Hanse 38, but if they had something smaller maybe they could have gotten a pen in my hand while I was still in the dealership
A couple of e=drives lurking about, including an option for in the new J88 (I think)
All in all, a beautiful day walking the docks and I met a couple of old friends, made a couple new ones. It's hard to beat the location.
My girlfriend had never been on a brand spanking shiny new sailboat, much less a huge catamaran. She was highly impressed. At one point she did a little math in her head and said out loud "Seven hundred dollars a month is not that much to pay if you really get some use out of it." I wish I had recorded that.
Stopped in Jamestown for dinner on the way home, I love that place.
That's all for now, I'm sure I'll come up with more later.
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