the boat show

The Boat Show, also known as Strictly Sail Pacific is happening this weekend! There were two seminars in particular that I wanted to attend on opening day, and I am so glad that I did! The courses I attended were:

“Women and Cruising” by Pam Wall and Kathy Parsons
“Mechanical Advantages that Make Sailing Easier (especially for women)” by Brion Toss
“Selecting an Ocean Cruising Boat” by John Neal

The first seminar was what brought me to the show, as I have yet to meet a solo female cruiser. These women had sailed with their husbands and families, and most women there had thought about or had gone cruising with their boyfriends/husbands, however, I want to set sail solo (say that three times fast!). I know that having my dogs will restrict me from where I can travel, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t go. Pam and Kathy had compiled a list of questions other women have asked them, allowed us to review it and ask our own questions to discuss for the hour. I decided to ask about solo sailing, since most women go with their partners. I don’t have one of those and I don’t want to seek someone out for the sake of my own adventure. I was assured that there are plenty of female solo cruisers, and would be connected with them via email. How awesome!!!!!!!

The second lecture was a bit over my head. I am not all that familiar with a lot of mechanical parts on a boat (yet) so if I took this course a year from now I think I might understand it better. However, the speaker had a book and a website that will surely do me good in the future.

The third lecture was really interesting, mostly because I look at a lot of boat porn. There… I said it! Boat porn! I loooove looking at boats. Different types, shapes, sizes, materials, ages, etc. I could lose myself in hours of boat porn trying to find which type I really want to look for in the future, and a lot of the boats he listed I had never heard of before. Many were in the 37-40′ range, which would be good for a couple, but once again the single girl is left out. I really would like a smaller boat, I don’t think I need to spend $100,000 on a boat, but it was also interesting to hear why he selected the boats he did, and what features of a boat were a deal breaker for him.

Before I had made it to these seminars, I had about 30 minutes to roam around and look at some real life boat porn stars!!! Yes, BRAND NEW Beneteau’s, a Tartan 40, and Catalina’s. It rocked my socks off.