|Our hotel near Navy Pier|
|It's 5 o'clock somewhere. (Mike and Jim got their Drambuie later)|
Brenda and I, along with our sailing buddies Jim and Joni, traveled down to Chicago for the Strictly Sail Show where we checked out all the beautiful sailboats and equipment. Catalina, Hunter, Island Packet, Seaward, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Com-Pac, and others all had their latest and greatest offerings. We spent all of Saturday looking them over as well as checking out all the supplier's booths.
|Checking out the "purdy" boats|
It is fun to look at all the whiz bang gadgets and fortunately we didn't find anything that we couldn't live without. Lots of stuff we wanted and maybe even lusted after, but nothing followed us home. One highlight of the show was meeting Bob Bitchin of Lats and Atts fame. We have always enjoyed his magazine and the DVD's of his TV show episodes. He is a big man in frame and personality, so getting our picture taken with him was pretty cool.
Another highlight was meeting the builder of our Com-Pac 19, Rich Hutchins. It was fun to talk shop with him and look over the three CP's he brought to the show.
So, now that we know we can't afford a shiny new whiz bang special sailboat, we can happily go about our search for a used sailboat knowing that what we end up with will be much more suitable for blue water adventuring.
|The view from our hotel was worth it!|