Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Shopping

What do you buy for the sailor that has everything? Well Cat Sass is for sale and a beat up old SC-27 is always a fine choice, but hey who can afford moorage? My father and I never agreed on much but there was always one thing we could agree on..... Boat Show Tickets! This year the largest boat show on the West Coast is the Seattle Boat Show Jan 25-Feb 3rd. Actually two shows in one, the afloat show at South Lake Union and the indoor show at Century Link Events Center.( Free Shuttle). Here's your chance to get terrific bargains. Buy a set of sailing gloves for your favorite crew person and tell them you want to see holes worn in the palm's by seasons end, from pulling on sheets. (not opening beers). You can buy rope by the lb. at the Samson display, any kind of line, high tech or mooring line, bags and coils for just a few bucks. KAM sailing gear sells off all kinds of fleecy things for  keeping warm, check out the marsupial pouch for fingers that aren't on the helm. It's like what NFL quarterbacks wear, you'll think you're faster just wearing it. There are events and seminars, and all kinds of electronic gadgets and gizmos. Do you have one of those mainsails that is like set it and forget it and you haven't adjusted the traveller since the Nixon administration? Talk to the sailmakers and riggers and find out when to give your cunningham a yank! Alright a shout out to the stinkpots....How about checking out a fancy new tender? Center console, electric start, room for a crab pot or two? Touch screen technology at the helm station, security cameras, fancy new mattress, or new glass for the flybridge enclosure.
Why don't we get a sign up sheet going Friday night and we pick a day and ride the train from Mt Vernon? The train station is adjacent to the show and apparently there is a place called a "bar car" aboard these trains... No parking fees and a chance to brag to your fellow AYC members what a terrific deal you got on a new yacht!