I was digging across the forum topics, and I must have missed it... but I didn't see anyone posting about the 2017 Annapolis Sailboat show. I've always talked about going, and could never justify looking at tons of boats I can never afford
but as my wife said, it really doesn't hurt to window shop sometimes.
So we went. Great people putting on the show, the layout was quite good, and sales/marketing types are collecting way to much information for my comfort, but I suppose that has always been the case.
I actually did have a mission, I wanted to see/touch a couple boats when I went... you'll laugh... the Seascape 27 and the Seaward (island packet) 26 RK.
Of course we climbed on much bigger boats too.
I also had to get my wife on a Beneteau 31, so she could see exactly how "small" it is. If I were buying for larger water, it would likely be on my radar... we were supposed to be with BVI Yacht charters for 11 days on a Beneteau 31, however, I understand the boat is "no longer available." God bless them they are bouncing back, and working, but their fleet is much "newer" than it used to be. Good people... Anyway.
This is the boat that brought me to the show... The Seaward (IP?) 26RK has intrigued me for quite some time. This boat is trailerable, shiply (inboard, wheel steering, roller furler, lazy jacks, enclosed head, etc)... she's a pretty boat for her size of 26 feet too.
The seascape 27 also intrigued me... as I've always been on faster boats since I bought my first keelboat. Fast is kind of my thing, but I'm slowing down and liking "easier." The seascape is roller furling, lazy jacks.. an outboard well, sprit, and looks like a real head. its still a bare bones racer, but seems like a nice boat.
I'm not sure I like the seascape. It looks like an awesome racer, but the build quality is all about light. I know it's supposed to be that way. I don't like the outboard at all, in that size you'd think an inboard saildrive you'd think would be a better choice. The 9.8hp tohatsu looks wedged into the well as it is. I know the FT 10 does the same thing, but wedging an outboard in that space still means when something goes wrong you gotta haul it out of there. Diesels, generally, are more reliable and require less "service." Still a really nice boat. I bet it screams.
The trailer sailor guys would like this boat a lot.... Malbec 18. Looks like a great learning trailer sailor...
You know, this is a show all about sailors and sailboats.. you'd think the bar would be at the ENTRANCE... well it kind of was, but geesh I had to walk like 100 feet.. that's just wrong. Maybe the tickets should include 2 complimentary bar tickets of the drink of your choice... This was after we visited the Pussers bar, and had a couple Dark and Stormy's. This was our more local flavor choices... Appletini for the wife, and a Yuengling Lager for me... yep, I'm from PA, this is our LOCAL flavor beer (you folks all over the country think its a damned micro-brew
Oh and just another new Bennie I'll never be able to afford, but is nonetheless beautiful...