It’s been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks.
October is the month of the Annapolis Sailboat Show, more officially titled the United States Sailboat Show, and between my duties at the L&L Pardey Publications booth and time with my colleagues at the Good Old Boat booth, it was a hopping 6 days.
I love the boat show. I love almost everything about it, from the crazy number of people and boat and booths to the amazing whirlwind of social events to the town of Annapolis itself (not that I got a chance to see much of it, honestly; the furthest afield I got was Eastport and then Annapolis Landing Marina, and pretty much I wore a path between those areas and the show itself.)
The boat show is known for great deals on equipment, so I came armed with a list of what we wanted (specific models) as well as the going prices elsewhere. This time next year we ought to be finishing up a few of our projects; we better have equipment on hand! In between selling books and magazines and talking to Women Who Sail members, I zipped around to booths to check on availability and prices, sending mad texts to Jeremy as I unearthed information.
Specifically, we wanted a windlass (electric - no more double-handed action for me on the bow) and an AIS transponder. We’re getting older, with plans to head further afield, where the anchorages might be deeper and a little trickier; having an electric windlass might mean we re-anchor in marginal spots without thinking twice about it. The AIS is another good piece of safety gear, sending out information to other ships about our little boat. We’ve got a radar reflector, of course, but we also have a wooden mast and a very small radar image, so small it might even be squelched out by larger ships. We bought a receiver a while ago and love it. Now we’re adding a transponder (a signal putter-outer) to the nav instruments we have.
I talked to both the windlass people and the AIS people. Turns out in both cases, the boat show deals were not very good deals at all. Both times Defender, a mail order company that is no longer exhibiting at the show, beat even the “show prices” by a fair amount.
But this wasn’t all the damage.
Going broke saving money, clearly. Tools and toys for the boat for the win!
The shopping list and the project list continues to expand, but these are a couple of big items that are firmly and solidly in the BOUGHT column.
Now to get them in the INSTALLED column.
See you out there.
*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.