Miami Boat Show 2020

Took a day to view the Miami Boat show. This show is huge! You also have to be sure to get your tickets for the right show. There are three shows going on, the Boat show, the Yacht show and the Super Yacht show. They are not all the same and they do not have the same tickets although, the two ‘boat’ shows are the same price.

That being said, the show was pretty impressive. Being sail oriented, we were primarily interested in things sailboat related. The in-water sailboat displays are limited vs. the power boats. There are a good number of cats to view and tour as well as a huge showing by Beneteau. Catalina and Dufour are also in attendance with smaller displays.

Being Beneteau owners, we, of course, gravitated there. Beneteau has brought some of their newer sailboats like the 50.1 Oceanis. I have to tell you folks, this is a fantastic boat. They have also come with 3 models of their new Trawler line, 35′, 41′ and 47′.

We are also in the market for a dinghy and we had plenty to view. Nearly all the big manufacturers are represented like Highfield, AB, Mercury, Zodiac, etc. Also at the show was Takacat. If you haven’t seen this innovative design you should check it out at takacatus.com.

There is also a large variety of related accessories as well as nearly an entire tent of electronics ranging from sound to water makers to chart plotters and everything in between.

All in all, the $30/person price tag isn’t unreasonable and transportation and parking weren’t outrageous. All in all, I think they did a good job of getting folks to and from the show. I would say, if you’re looking for anything boat related and you’re in the area, I’d drop by.

Next up, the West Palm Beach boat show at the end of March. Will let you all know how that show compares.

Turtle Chaser is about to get salty!!

We are finally in the final stretches! After months of shipping horrors and weather and waiting and small repairs and setbacks, it looks like we will be splashing on January 3rd.

The bottom has been painted a nice blue color and only has a couple of touch ups to be complete.

We also put prop-speed on the prop to assist with growth there as well.

And I can’t thank the gang at Murrelle’s enough, including TC (crane) and JR (fiberglass). In fact, I told JR about a small crack above the tiller this morning and he had it fixed within 3 hours. Just some touch up paint and we’re off.

Turtle Chaser is out of the water and being prepped for her trip to FL.

Well, she’s out. After a good washing we can get started on the projects that need to be done while she’s out of the water. I have to get the DC shunt installed to monitor our DC apms, install the tank senders and get them wired up, re-bed the chain plates, put the new Mantus anchor and chain on board, find the ^&R^% leak in the cabin top window, etc., etc. We expect her to make her journey around the middle of November. Then its sailing all year round!

Our first destination sail is in the books!

Well we completed our first destination sail. We made the run from Kenosha to Port Washington. We took along a few friends from our sailing club, the Northwest Sailing Association (NWSA). 3 boats made the trip and I think everyone had a good time. Of course, no trip is without its mishaps and issues…for instance, we lost air conditioning so we all sweated our buns off all weekend. The upside is everyone lost about 10 lbs HAHA. One of the other boats had a stuck furler mainsail. Somehow the sail managed to get itself folded near the top of the sail. 4 guys and 5 hours later we got it unstuck and back up.

As for the air conditioner, I knew it was an airlock but for the life of me I could not find the bleeder valve. At first I thought it was a bad pump but that turned out to be a dead end. I finally found it under a galley cabinet and 30 seconds later, voila! Air conditioning! My apologies to Bill, Peggy and Casey. I wish I had found it two days ago (pffft). The good thing is that I now know were the stupid thing is!

I know Candy and I learned a lot on this trip. Since there wasn’t a breath of wind the whole time, we motored up and back. The breeze was quite nice while we were in port of course!

Bottom line, a really fun weekend with good folks. Good food and Port Washington is a lovely little town. The marina is very nice with plenty to do within walking distance…including the beach.Port Washington