Annapolis Boat Show Day 1

I'm using my vacation time this year to check out the Annapolis BoatShow. I drove up yesterday, 10/8/15, and hit the show early this morning. To be honest, I was almost as excited for the long drive as I was for the boat show. I love long road trips, and this was a great opportunity to chill and listen to podcasts. It was a nice drive with little drama.

The only challenge was I-95 closure in South Carolina. But Waze routed me around it without any issue. I headed in early this morning to familiarize myself with the show layout. My plan today was to hit many of the free seminars. Tomorrow I am in the Take the Wheel seminar all day, and Sunday I plan to hit all the tents/vendors I didn't see today. I figured I would end up taking hundreds of pictures, but today I was overwhelmed. I did take a few, so enjoy the gallery below.

Enjoy!

Annapolis 2015 Boat Show day 1

Living the Life: Curtis Westsail

I ran across the CurtisWestsail channel on youtube a few months ago, and quickly felt I'd found a kindred spirit. Writing at Live Aboard Boats, and posting videos on his youtube channel, Captain Curt has been sharing his adventure as he struggles to free himself from the normal cycle of life, mortgages, work stress, debt....

While we're not the same age, and don't necessarily share the same philosophies regarding society, I can see a lot of parallels with Captain Curtis adventures, and my 10 Year Plan. As a matter of fact, whenI first started dreaming about sailing and sailboats, the Westsail32 was the first boat added to my research list.

I haven't watched all 69 (as of today) episodes of his vlog, but I've watched a bunch, and I enjoy the ones where he's cooking dinner, or shopping for a new tender as much as the ones where he's working on the boat.

Captain Curt has a great attitude and puts together a great and entertaining video, so subscribe to his channel and enjoy!

"Beyond the West Horizon" by Eric and Susan Hiscock

I ran across the film by Eric and Susan Hiscock narrating their three plus year circumnavigation in the early '50's.

The film has great historic images and events. Around the 20 minute mark, they visit the Panama Canal, and it's a fascinating look at cargo and trade transport now more than half a century ago.

Another reason I found the whole thing fascinating is their 30 foot yacht, Wanderer III.

Enjoy!