Whew that was a long day of walking around and talking about boat toys.
The show is all outside with some individual booths open to what is a
public walkway (no way to enforce tickets) and most of the booths in
larger tents. The tents themselves were very mustymoldy smelling though
including the smaller seminar tents. For that reason and that it was 70
degrees and sunny with a slight breeze it was great to be able to get
outside so often as we wandered around.
I’ve made a couple of decisions already and will be shopping for best
prices or placing orders when I get home next week.
ICOM VHF – I’m going to go with the
with the rear panel microphone and Command Mic III in the cockpit. . I
don’t think I need the extra functionality in the M604, the 10-keypad
would be nice but that’s the only extra feature I found compelling. Ben
at the Icom booth was very nice and super helpful!
Stern Anchor Line – I’m going to order the 400’ Dynemma model from
Quickline. There is a discount code you can get at the booth which you
can use to order online and includes free shipping.
Rescue Tape****– Plan to pick up a
couple rolls Saturday. I just didn’t have any cash on me today.
RADAR – No decision here, but I ruled out
RosePoint because they have no
compatible chartplotters that you can use along with the PC solution.
That’s unfortunate as their software is pretty good. Saturday we’ll look
around at the nav software programs and chartplotters. I’ll be doing
some spec comparisons (most interested in power draw) offline.
NEMA 2K – I had a good talk with Ben about
Maretron gear as well and he helped me settle on a
cable size (Mid) and validated
for me that I can start small by getting my GPS antenna replacement an 0183 adapter
for the ICOM and a USB gateway
for the laptop and then add the whole backbone and upgrade the rest of
Capehorn Windvane – Yves was delightful
to speak with, but I'm a sucker for a French accent. The design of the
Capehorn is solid and I love that it doesn’t put a jungle gym on the
back of the boat. Right now I’m 99% sure I’ll be going with the
capehorn, but I don’t need to be ordering it today.
PFDs – We already have a couple of auto-inflating PFDs, but the
Mustang Deluxe hydrostatic model with harness
with are super comfy so we’re going to get a couple more and have the
others for friends to use. West Marine is selling them for \$249,
Svendson’s also at the show for \$229. \$229 is cheaper than I see it
online or back home. I need to figure out if we’ll be able to check them
on the plane though.
We’ll be back on the floor Saturday and in the seminars. We’re headed to
San Francisco for dinner tonight. I’m going to upload pics to
Flickr in a bit.