This was FMYC's first foray this far East (a few miles farther than Annapolis!), and what a great show. The show was certainly larger than anticipated, partly due to a much stronger sail presence than I would have guessed.
We have LOTS of pictures and a few videos, take a look at the general album
for a preview.
Here are some of the highlights of the show: 1. We were so proud to represent the boats we did; all premium builds, that are truly satisfying to work on! 2. Seeing all the "NEW for NEWPORT" models. Quite a few boats premiered, as well as a few technologies. It is always to see innovation in the industry. 3. Five Guys Burgers and Fries. 4. The Newport/East Coast boating culture is a little different! There were quite a few 12meter races going on (no NM's or GL class sailboats here!). Also, their Hinckleys are pale blue, rather than dark blue. Diff'rent strokes. 5. Seeing people in the industry we havent seen for 9 months! It was great to see a lot of old faces, though we still know the Florida crowd a little better than the New England crowd! 6. Meeting boaters: An old Bay Harbor boat, EXCELLENCE (ex-WOMBAT) pulled up on the fuel docks, and we had a great chat with the new owner, who painted the boat to match his others, and boy o boy does he have some others!. 7. A well laid out show. Even with the finger wharfs, the show literature was spot on , management was fine to deal with, and everything made sense and was centrally located. Makes our job a lot easier. 8. The 23LR Mochi is so darn cool, I think you we are gonna have to make it a feature. We have 2 videos, one interviewing Justin Blue (Ferretti North America Factory Rep) talking about styling and general features, as well as an engine room walkthrough with Cap. Richard Jones (Allied Marine Corporate Captain. What a job).
Off to Norwalk!