Thursday, 7 June 2012

Show season is finally over....cruising season is just around the corner

Well, we made it through another grueling Boat Show season. Blessed this year with more liquid sunshine than the form we normally crave, we have high hopes for a warm Pacific Northwest summer. Rain in Vancouver, rain in Nanaimo, only Victoria came through for the " home game" with an almost solid 3 days of rays from above. Attendance seems up this year which is good,a gentle easing in the right direction for both sales and the boating community in general. Still, we would like to see more families getting involved in waterborne activities. There seems to be a lot of trawler types seeking trawlers these days, the majority looking for newer well equipped, upscale units. We recently had our hands on one of Beneteau's new Swift Trawler 34. I loved it... More than anyone else in the office perhaps. Why? Because its the right size for me. I don't need bigger and I don't want smaller, for now at least( maybe that will change in the coming years). I love the power package and she's just so happy tooling along at 8 knots or flat out at 20. Thanks in part to electronic engine controls and the slightly lumpy lope of the Cummins 435 inline 6, it seems as though Beneteau picked the perfect power for this boat. Space in great inside and out, design details are the result of contemporary thinking on the part of french( read: extremely progressive marine industry in design and technology).

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