NOVEMBER 03, 2018 // Sailboats, Dreaming, Annapolis

Boats, Boats, Boats!

The 49th Annual Annapolis Sailboat Show was this weekend, and I finally, FINALLY managed to go. I've been trying to visit the show for the past three years, but due to circumstances beyond my control (usually a family member being in the hospital), I've been unable. I finally managed to visit this time around, and boy howdy, let me tell you about some of the boats. I can sum it up in one word; cha-ching!

I wouldn't say that it's an end-goal in my travel adventures, but I definitely want to learn to sail. Thanks to websites such as SV Delos, Gone with the Wynns, and Monday Never (among several others), I was bitten by the sailing bug about three years ago. I keep wanting to learn, but finances, time, or friends who say they can teach me but then end up being super busy, keep thwarting my efforts. But it'll happen some day. And in the meantime, what better way to keep that flame burning that going to visit the nation's largest in-water sailboat show?

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The United States Sailboat Show was the first week of October this year, and typically runs Thursday through Sunday. Thursday is the "VIP" day, so I opted to go on Friday. My thinking was it'd be less crowded than Saturday. Boy, was I wrong.


Boats, Boats, Boats!

Regardless of the crowd size, I only had to wait to get onto a boat just one time. Naturally, it was probably one of the biggest monohulls there, the Beneteau Oceanis 55.1. Thankfully it wasn't long of a wait. And it was an incredible boat.

Some of the others I visited were the Catalina 445; "Khalessi", a Lagoon 450; an HH 66 (probably the biggest boat I was on); "Wabi Sabi", an Outremer 5X; a Bavaria Cruiser 34; and both a Bali 4.1 and 4.3 catamaran. The Bali had an interesting feature where you could enclose the back deck in inclement weather. Spiffy!

The Plan

What's The Plan?

As mentioned earlier, one of the websites/Youtube channels I follow is Monday Never. I actually recognized Will and Cat at the show, and stopped to say hello. Looks like they are in the market for a sailboat as well, which is awesome. I miss their videos. I didn't get to chat with them nearly long enough, but Cat asked a rather thoughtful question: "What's the plan?"

As you can see above, I wrote that down. And then I went to lunch and thought about it, and mulled it over and I keep thinking about it. I think I've summed up the answer in four short words:

Get Off My Ass

As I've mentioned several times, sitting on my butt at a desk doing a corporate job 9-5 is not for me. Not anymore. So my new mantra is going to be Get Off My Ass (GOMA?). I'm going to work to get where I want to be.

Now the next question I need to ponder is: where is that place?

Stay tuned. We'll discover where that is together.