Post 24: Boat Porn Indeed

~Jen~

Wowzers. We have now officially attended our first boat show, Strictly Sail Pacific, and I now understand what all the hoopla is about.

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We checked out an assortment of sailboats in different shapes and sizes. Some of these newer models remind me of shopping at Ikea with their modern interiors and funky cabinets, while others have me picking my jaw up off the floor.

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The amount of electronics and gadgets available for cruising is mind blowing, and I understand how people have trouble throwing off the bow lines and leaving the dock. With the endless amount of things available to buy, I can see how it would feel like one could never be prepared enough. I have to admit that our gear wish list continues to grow, but I think we are closing in on a hand held VHF radio from ICOM, the M-36.

Even with all the cool gear here, the best thing by far has been the included seminars such as Inspecting your Rig, Storm Tactics and Heavy Weather Sailing, Marine Diesel Engine Essentials, Women and Cruising and Baja Ha Ha, How to. I’m truly a nerd at heart, and I’ll attend a free info session on sailing essentials any time. Sign me up!

An ongoing discussion throughout the show was the Kaufman Family and the Rebel Heart. With the current negative media frenzy that has surrounded this family’s recent rescue 900 miles off the coast of Baja, it was refreshing to see a supportive network of folks at Strictly Sail Pacific. I loved seeing other families with toddlers in tow eagerly gathering information about the cruising lifestyle. It was nice feeling like I was part of a community of like minded individuals.

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A special thanks to Oakland for hosting this amazing event. You are quickly capturing my heart… A change of scenery may be in order.

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