Sunday, October 9, 2011
Annapolis Sailboat Show!
The first picture is of a 45 ft Trimaran racing boat - it's really a wind powered rocket ship. My son spent about an hour crawling over every aspect of her. I'm a bit of a purist and prefer mono-hulls, but my son left the show very impressed with more modern design styles.
I was struck by how much the sailboat show is similar to a gaming con. Where Historicon had gaming tables, substitute display boats and test sails. The harbor was ringed with Vendor booths in large tents. At a gaming con the vendors sell all sorts of gaming related items from terrain, to paint to dvd's. At the sailboat show, the vendors featured a similar range of related products from sails, to nautical electronics to sailing dvd'd and everything in between. Perhaps people are more similar than different.
There was one vendor at the sailboat show who I haven't seen at one of the HMGS cons and it would be a definite upgrade if they were to attend - Hendrick's Gin had a booth/free bar! It was very funny to see the various sales reps steering potential buyers into or out of the bar. I'm sure more than one boat sale was closed via the help the Hendrick's products! Alas since I had my 16 year old son with me, I did not partake.
All in all, sean and I had a wonderful two days of "sailing-stuff" to tide us over as winter sets in - I am definitely not a "frostbite series" winter racer.
Back to the work bench to finish up some Vikings.