To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Boat Show Day 2

Clods at Starbucks are sitting at the table with good outlets not using a computer. Just having thoughtful cups of coffee while tying up some of the few seats that have access to power.


We're waiting to pounce on their seats. Trying not to look like we're waiting to pounce. But. We're waiting to pounce.

Yesterday was shopping day. Today is purchase day.

More important than purchase is follow-up questions. More time with any B&G installers we can find, specifically, to see what kind of services they offer for installation and calibration.

Also, more time with sat phone vendors to compare Spot and Globalstar and other sat phone alternatives. And compare sat phone with SSB.


Beyond that, more time with Mack Sails to discuss their installations of the Schaefer Marine in-boom furling systems.

Then we stopped at the Celestaire booth to talk about sextants and navigation.

We ran into Chris Parker who does Caribbean marine weather routing. We subscribe to his service. He has a book on Caribbean weather. We met him, shook hands, bought his book.

We drooled on the Spinlock DeckVest harness. But didn't replace our old West Marine and Mustang inflatable PFD's. They still work.

We discussed the Garhauer blocks we need. Essentially, we want two Boom Vang setups with snap shackles instead of fixed shackles. They're a variation on the 40UAB 4-1. Really, they're a 40-03 UAB fiddle with snap shackle and a 40-08 UAB fiddle with becket and cam cleat and snap shackle. Plus 50' of 7/16" line with an eye splice at one end.

We think we understand our spending priorities for 2013 and 2014.

But some of that may only be Boat Show Fever.

Brain Cramping Overload.

Must Decompress.

We dinghied to Eastport and walked to the Davis Pub. We had an appetizer and a beer. Then we dinghied over to Annapolis to walk to Ram's Head Pub and have another appetizer and a beer. Then we walked to the Galway Pub on Maryland Ave. for an Irish Coffee as dessert.


Somewhat Decompressed.