So, per usual, I am 6 months behind. My apologies, it takes that long to make the gifs from scratch. (Total BS)
Teresa and I had to be in Atlanta the same week for work. Generally, we try not to be out of town (San Fran for those of you behind the curve) at the same time. Although our kids are old enough to care for themselves in theory, I saw Risky Business and pretty much ever teen-party-gone-wrong movie, so they remain supervised. (There may also have been that one incident in 1986 when my parents were out of town. Hey, Jimmy, if I did not thank you for helping me put up new panelling in the basement before my parents got home -thanks again).
Since we would be in the Southeast and the Miami boat show just happened to coincide with our trip (suspicious or auspicious), a detour to Miami sounded good. So, we asked one of our favorite relatives if she would hang out with the kids while we were out of town and she was kind (foolish) enough to say yes.
Three main events worth noting while in Miami.
Second, we had a great time at the boat show.
Seriously, great. I’ll provide more detail below, but we inspected in detail several catamarans that we would consider purchasing as a vacation home (if kept in the British Virgin Islands, etc) and eventually a live-aboard for a circumnavigation. In a day and a half, we are down to two main contenders. That was solid work!
Others are the dangerous sort. You fall into a series of conversations like you have known them for years and things can go off the rails.
We managed to enjoy ourselves, eat a fantastic meal at Randazzo’s on Key Biscayne, and suffer relatively minor hangovers. (I highly recommend this place if you are in the neighborhood and can get in.)
Walking around a boat show is a bit like being stuck in the maze of the Overlook Hotel. If you don’t get the reference google it, go watch it and be ashamed.
All of the catamarans were nice. We saw boats by the following builders: Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, St. Francis, Antares, Royal Cape Marine, Privilege, Xquisite, Knysa, and Seawind. When you board them, they are all nice. As you inspect them thinking about owning them, living on them and fixing them, some differences emerge. We noticed this at the last few boat shows as well and as a result stopped looking at a couple of brands. We want quality components, solid structures, plumbing that is accessible and makes sense, well labeled electrical systems, and, of course, we need to love it.
For us, the most likely boats we would want to own are the X5 by Xquisite Yachts and the Privilege Series 5. Both are high quality throughout. I looked in every nook and cranny, checked the wiring, mechanical spaces, and storage compartments. Each of these is a real contender. We really liked Seawind as well, but their 50’ boat is not available in the U.S. (we saw it in France).
Next, we need to test them. We already scheduled a short vacation on a Privilege in June (due to my delay in this post, that vacation already happened. It was fantastic as was the boat. A blog post to follow within the next decade) Will follow up that vacation with another post- even though I am pretty sure I am talking to myself. After that, we’ll shoot for a test of the X5 and Seawind.
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For more about Privlege -which we did get to test for a week – click this link https://wildrumpussailing.blog/2019/07/07/a-week-of-privilege-literally-and-figuratively/