Friday, January 30, 2009

Seattle Boat Show Frenzy

What a show. I was lucky to be able to wander the floor of the show for four days of the week-and-a-half event, renewing old friendships and meeting lots of new people. The dealers I talked to were pretty upbeat considering all the dire news on our economy. Some even told me the first few days of the show were the best they've ever seen.

Popeye's had a sweet location on the upper floor, with the spotlight on the cherry Fathom LV, lots of room for boaters to take a look at their Eddyline and Seaward boats, and a nice selection of Stohlquist PFDs. Thanks to Dean and Bedelia for letting me hang out there for a while and chat with visitors.

Dean and Bedelia had such a good show, they're looking a little blurry... but the smiles are still there.

Hobie Cats Northwest and my old friends from Sail Sand Point shared a booth in the middle of the sailing section that featured -- beneath that gorgeous Hobie Tiger -- sit-on-top kayaks. Their display of kayak fishing gear was pretty cool too, with Bryce from Northwest Kayak Anglers regaling visitors with stories of lunkers hauled in on the deck of a Hobie.

This guy kept his legs moving, pedaling for ten straight days and never looking tired. Must be that comfy Stohlquist Wedge-E PFD.

Many thanks to Windworks Sailing, Scott, Laura, Greg, and the whole crew who allocated some prime space in their booth for the hottest, coolest shades out there.

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