2016 Miami Boat Show - Part 1
|At the BWI airport, the sun was shining brightly but the temperature was only in |
the low 20's with a 20-knot wind to make it feel much colder.
I am so glad to be going where it's warmer!
|Strictly Sail Miami by itself was about half the size of the Annapolis Sailboat Show. |
However, the part of the show dealing with power boats, engines,
and accessories was overwhelming.
Purchased Outboard Motor Lift
Shortly after arriving on Friday, I ran into Kato Marine's booth and purchased our outboard motor lift and received a 10% discount--this was on my list of things to buy at the show and is on my project "to do" list.
|I really like the 230-pound capacity and the elegant |
design of the KatoLift 230 shown here with a 15 HP outboard.
Purchased RAINMAN Water Maker
Later in the day I ran into the RAINMAN booth and asked a lot of questions because it was one of the two water makers I was considering--the other one was made by Spectra. The two water makers are very different--the highly regarded Spectra unit must be permanently installed in the boat while the RAINMAN is a portable system consisting of a gas or electric driven pump unit and membrane filtering unit that can be stored in a cockpit locker when not in use.
|The RAINMAN gas engine-driven pump unit is at the bottom of the display |
while the filtering membrane unit is at the top of the display.
Purchased SOS Distress Light
My onboard safety flares were outdated and I needed to get replacements. As I was meandering around the Virginia Key location, I ran across the SOS distress light being sold by Weems & Plath--it only costs $100 and it never has to be replaced. When activated, it is visible up to 10+ nautical miles and runs for 6 hours at peak intensity or 60 total hours on three c-size batteries.
|The SOS Distress Light came with the orange day flag signal flag, batteries, and an |
orange whistle (as a boat show special). I hope we never have to use this!
I also purchased a couple cheek blocks (a single and a double) from Garhauer Marine for my new mainsail reefing system.
|These carbon fiber fishing rods were handmade by Connley Fishing in Palm Beach. |
They were on display in the accessories tent on the Virginia
Key side of the boat show.