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The Dam in November - 2009 METS Show

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Mer and I are heading over to one of my favorite cities in the world, the beautiful canal city of Amsterdam. It's the location of the Marine Equipment Trade Show, which bills itself as the largest exhibition of equipment, material, and systems for the marine leisure industry. The pictures and stories I've heard of METS make it out to be something of a candy shop for gadget-loving sailors, the place where most manufacturers introduce their new products for the next calendar year.

 

I know Amsterdam well - most of my Europe trips over the past decade have included a mandatory stopover there. But I rarely remember much about it, and Mer's never been there, so if you have any tips on the city that you think are worth sharing or an insider's view to what METS is like, please let us know. We'll certainly keep you posted with what we find there, and get shots and videos of all the good bits.

 

We leave Saturday and stay for a week.

 

Link to METS page.

 

 

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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I'm interested in this as well. I leave Sunday for a Medical show in Dusseldorf but I have a 14 hour lay over in Amsterdam. I arrive 6pm and fly out at 8am. I have a 1 star hotel for the night in the heart of the red light district. Should be intersting haha

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I know Amsterdam well - most of my Europe trips over the past decade have included a mandatory stopover there. But I rarely remember much about it, and Mer's never been there, so if you have any tips on the city that you think are worth sharing or an insider's view to what METS is like, please let us know. We'll certainly keep you posted with what we find there, and get shots and videos of all the good bits.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

 

For what it is worth...

 

The Van Gogh Museum is worth the trip all by itself. The paintings are even more vivid in real life--I just stood there in awe with my mouth hanging open. And, at that time of the year you probably will not have any issues with lining up to get in.

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp

 

Same for the Rijksmuseum.

http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/

 

The Anne Frank house was extremely moving. I'm sure most have read the book--but to see where it all took place was really chilling.

http://www.annefrank.org/content.asp?pid=1&lid=2

 

The Concertgebouw is one of the world's great orchestras. Not cheap though.

http://www.concertgebouw.nl/English

 

Looking to get out of Amsterdam? I really enjoyed Utrecht--vibrant university town. Perhaps not so vibrant in December though! If Mer is an architecture buff, Rotterdam is the post-modern capital of Europe. Amsterdam survived the war unscathed, whereas Rotterdam was bombed into oblivion and replaced rather than re-built much of what was destroyed.

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I can't believe no one has made a comment about your penchant for weed and/or recent arrest yet.

 

Try to do at least one piece to camera from a coffee shop completely off your chops. It'll piss off so many people it would be criminal not to.

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This is a truly serious show and gets seriously busy. I have been attending ( from Oz ) since 2005 and am always blown away by the diversity of products on show. Having said that I still can't believe the number of fender manufacturers ! Many distributors use it as a meeting point for their agents and as an exhibitor ( German HQ'ed company ) we don't get many tyre kickers amongst the trade people who attend.

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For you. Mr Bigglesworth, it will be frickin' freezing! Bring a beanie.

 

Go to the Vondel Park, eat Mussel Soup, have Poffertjes for breakfast, stroopwafels with your coffee and make sure you tee lots of mosterd with your Old Amsterdam kaas. Go to the street markets but avoid the uitsmijter and have patat met instead!

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If your looking for smoking accomadation, lookup amsterdam cribs. They provide small self catered flats for short stays that you can smoke in (obviously for after your show visit).

 

They have a couple of locations around the city, one next to the red light district. Perfect if you dont want to sit in coffee shops.

 

As for things to do, a boat trip is always highly recommended as a great way to see the city...with minimal effort.

 

Food / beer is cheaper the further you go away from major squares or locations, when i was there in the summer beer from around dam square was 7 euros a pint.....thats ridiculous! But moving away from there it was the norm of 3 - 4 which is liveable.

 

Enjoy!

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........I have a 1 star hotel for the night in the heart of the red light district. Should be intersting haha

 

Unless you like empty shopfronts or skanky slags with wrinkly dugs you will be sadly disappointed! The sex museum round the corner is worth it just to pick up giggly girls but after seeing 4' long black dildos in the shop next door they will feel particularly let down by you!

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eat some mushrooms, smoke some killer weed, drink a ton Heineken fuk the show

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I can't believe no one has made a comment about your penchant for weed and/or recent arrest yet.

 

Try to do at least one piece to camera from a coffee shop completely off your chops. It'll piss off so many people it would be criminal not to.

There are definitely some video surprises in store for the forums. Has anyone ever done a boat show report on hallucinogens?

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I can't believe no one has made a comment about your penchant for weed and/or recent arrest yet.

 

Try to do at least one piece to camera from a coffee shop completely off your chops. It'll piss off so many people it would be criminal not to.

There are definitely some video surprises in store for the forums. Has anyone ever done a boat show report on hallucinogens?

 

 

I'm thinking this one is going to be interesting... :P

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My advice is to not take your souvenirs to Mackinac.

Shit, even before 9/11 the customs guys were pretty insane with the Schipol-Newark passengers, with good reason. No party favors on me.

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My advice is to not take your souvenirs to Mackinac.

Shit, even before 9/11 the customs guys were pretty insane with the Schipol-Newark passengers, with good reason. No party favors on me.

 

Cheers. Have fun.

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as an Amsterdam resident I can recommend the kromhout museum.

http://www.machinekamer.nl/museum/engels.html

If you like music there is a good jazz jam session in de engelbewaarder every sunday afternoon.

it at the

Kloveniersburgwal 59hs

1011 JZ Amsterdam

 

There are too many nice bars to put in one post.

Cafe de Zwart is a very nice old bar on the spuiplein.

 

Have a good time!

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glad to see the ed's got you on lock down after your latest antics... lucky bastard!

 

- great time of the year to go, as there wont be many tourists

 

- Stay away from lame touristy coffee shops in dam square

 

- Haarlem is cool

 

- Torture museum is twisted but very fascinating

 

- Is the Heineken tour back up? last time i was there it was closed for renovation

 

- like vegas, dont try to fly out before noon. you wont make your flight

 

- OTWA Cocktail Coffee & Spliff hour interviews?

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Mr Clean: This is a very serious show. Not like a normal boat show in the US. Please be nice......

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Mr Clean: This is a very serious show. Not like a normal boat show in the US. Please be nice......

Dalton: "I want you to be nice until it's time to not be nice."

 

Name that movie.

 

 

 

Actually I'm very stoked to see the sailing porn available at METS. The organizers are making it easy on us, stoked to have us there as well for the first time. And thanks for the PMs and such, I guess lots of friends will be there to make it more fun!

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Clean, aren't you meeting up with Carlo ?

 

If there is somebody on this planet that can organize some cool entertainment, it's him.

 

Sucks I can't make it myself this year.

 

Have a nice trip !!

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Mr Clean: This is a very serious show. Not like a normal boat show in the US. Please be nice......

Dalton: "I want you to be nice until it's time to not be nice."

 

Name that movie.

 

 

 

Actually I'm very stoked to see the sailing porn available at METS. The organizers are making it easy on us, stoked to have us there as well for the first time. And thanks for the PMs and such, I guess lots of friends will be there to make it more fun!

 

Ah.....Yes..."Roadhouse"...the late great MR. Swayze

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My wife attended last year, she was setting up some sailing clothing retail in Dubai this time last year. She said it was a huge event and she made a lot of ood business contacts. Long days though, she couldn't stay away at the end of the day for a quick J. Or at least thats what she said..

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Other than being cold, it's a great show. Remember that there are NO boats.

 

 

I don't suspect that you will feel the cold somehow.

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What's "boozin'"

 

We'll figure something out.

 

But first, San Diego. Gotta catch a plane!

 

Thanks for all the info!

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I forget the name of the restaurant but they had this one-of-a-kind sandwich called Royale with Cheese!

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Thanks for the great suggestions so far. We did something a bit odd after getting a great invitation from an old friend to stay about an hour away from the city. We're in a fortified town that dates from the thirteenth century, and it's about as perfect a Dutch town as you could imagine. Windmills, canals at the front door, just perfect. Pics to come, and we're headed to the show first thing in the morning to report on the best, worst, coolest, and dumbest new products for the 2010 season.

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A few pictures from random parts of Holland and the DAME Awards Hall at the METS. Look for a few hundred more tomorrow night.

 

 

TILTING AT WINDMILLS

 

Our trip to Amsterdam for the Marine Equipment Trade Show, the world's largest show for boating products and accessories, was only slightly less impulsive than our trip to San Diego to watch the winged shitter last week. And our comfort suffered because of it. A stanky and overstuffed Delta transatlantic flight and a half a day of roaming around to find a place to lay our heads weren't a good start to the week, though we're finally (mostly) recovered. An old friend invited us to stay in his beautifully restored 17th century home in a fortified town closer to Rotterdam than Amsterdam, so it's been restful and comfortable. Though a bit bummed we're not in the middle of the Dam square, we do have a car and can easily get anywhere - and it would be hard to find a more beautiful spot than Brielle, with a canal on the front doorstep and a working windmill from the mid 1800s just around the corner. Yesterday I found myself balanced on the gunnals of my friend's classic diesel launch, pumping and bailing water from the sinking craft as I nursed a Grolsch beer and puffed on a cigarette as the sun slid behind the flat countryside. It was hard not to feel like a Dutchman.

 

So once again, serendipity has given us a great experience, and today we had a little reconnaissance mission at the METS show. It's run in a huge convention complex that can probably hold more than one show at a time, and you walk through an army of smokers as you approach the front door - as you'd expect with so many French and Italian industry workers. We barely hit half the show, and it took 3 hours of fast walking to get that far. The sheer volume of companies here is mind-boggling, especially compared to US shows; there is a "composites section" with not just a few top carbon specialists, but with dozens and dozens of companies making carbon-fiber components and products. Fittings, electronics, clothing, sail components and sails, engines, generators, all with ten times more of each than any show I've seen.

 

I've seen more gorgeous carbon fittings of every possible purpose today than I've seen in a year - technical works of art with modern design and all sorts of looks. The booths are gorgeously turned out, and there are restaurants with every nationality's food on offer, corresponding to nearby international exhibitor groupings. Represented are Thai, Kiwi, Russian, Greek, Chinese, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Croatian, Spanish, and more than a dozen more, and the culinary offerings are perfect to gain weight on a short working holiday.

 

Today we've got a few pics for you from our little town and the show, and an introductory video as well as a video with Magic Marine Marketing Manager Carrie Howe, a former SCOTW and one of our pals for a long time, a successful chick now off the water and still ripping it up at 20+ knots on it.

 

Tomorrow we intend to do interviews until our batteries are all dead and our SD cards all full, because there is simply SO MUCH cool shit here that it's gonna take a lot of work. This show is the ultimate professional boat show. It makes you realize that, in Europe, this is a real business, a legitimate industry. So check back for more and let me know here if you have any specific stuff you want to see. Thursday we will be taking requests.

 

And finally, a word about this part of the Netherlands. A country with canals that cross nearly every inch of it, and where the canals are filled bow-to-stern with sailboats, fishing boats, and tenders of every possible size and shape, is a great place to be for a sailor or a waterman. Where sailing clubs are heavily subsidized by the government and where a family membership with boat storage a great venue is a few hundred bucks a year is someplace comfortable for racers to be. The land itself has become dominated by wind to even a greater extant than the Holland of old, with modern wind turbines towering over everything, evidence of the endless wind here and the willingness people have to use it for a cleaner-energy world.

 

We'll be back tomorrow night.

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Al, Mel went last year, I went the year before.

 

This year as you know she's been to Annapolis and I'm spending 3 weeks on the road in Oz. Since the Sunday before last I've driven 4000kms. Try that in Europe!

 

So far South Australia, Victoria, tomorrow ACT and then Sunday to Queensland.

 

And you think you get around just getting on a plane....

 

Cheers

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Clean, drill the HArken guys about heir new winches... were did they save the weight.

 

And have fun in Adam, if you want to meet one of the top guys in the mushroom business, pm me.

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Mer and I are heading over to one of my favorite cities in the world, the beautiful canal city of Amsterdam. It's the location of the Marine Equipment Trade Show, which bills itself as the largest exhibition of equipment, material, and systems for the marine leisure industry.

 

I'm missing it this year, but if you get this in time, try get into Louis' Bar- the Official Ronstan European HQ for the duration of METS, and hit the Hoppe bar on Spui as well- it's full of our contingent of Saffers. Louis' is on the edge of the Red Light District- need we say more? ;)

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Is SA still there? I am leaving Utrecht now, heading for A'dam!

 

Good wind, today for sure haha,

Hylke

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You should have put the word out on this a bit earlier, I know a great little hotel in downtown A'dam.

The beach is the place to be today, 54kt winds.

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So are there any after show activities for those of us that don't have tickets to the show? :)

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I'm going to the METS tomorrow, school excursion :D not bad at all. Hope to see some people I know, shouldn't be that hard after two years in the industry :)

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I'm going to the METS tomorrow, school excursion :D not bad at all. Hope to see some people I know, shouldn't be that hard after two years in the industry :)

 

Lucky <_<.... tickets for us regular folk are 100 euro. Thats a lot of money, especially since HISWA is so much cheaper :angry:

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Clean make sure to hook up with Jonas at the Nexus booth, cool product fun guy.

 

Ben

 

 

Jonas is a great bloke - and a very good sailor too.

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I love METS. It is a great show and Amsterdam is a great place to stay. Just wish I could have gone again this year. I will make the trip next year for sure.

 

Enjoy it Clean and let us know if there is anything new and exciting!

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A'dam is a vibrant and amazing place. Clean, be sure to check out the Coffee houses with the little green triangles in the front window.

 

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I'm going to the METS tomorrow, school excursion :D not bad at all. Hope to see some people I know, shouldn't be that hard after two years in the industry :)

 

Lucky <_<.... tickets for us regular folk are 100 euro. Thats a lot of money, especially since HISWA is so much cheaper :angry:

If you register the entrance is free, just say you are working in the marine industry, don't need a business card etc.

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Ok, here are some interviews from yesterday, we tried to post them until 3am, but the internet was down. So basically, we got no sleep, got nothing done, and we're running late, because I got lost on the way...we are really becoming pros at this world traveler shit.--Mer

 

Antel Marine --

 

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Eric Hall from Hall Spars shows off new halyard locks and aerofoil carbon rigging

 

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Buxom Blonde Gwenda shows off "Hooked" clever modular docking/cleaning/boathook made in Holland

 

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Are Ocean Safety there with their carbon canister liferaft?

Yep, really slick looking!

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Didn't see it PE, sorry mate. This show truly is overwhelming. Almost non-stop walking and I'm sure I missed a quarter of the stuff.

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Did look at the HArken vid, one question if you walk past it again.

On the jib halyard you see the metal part going into the lock.

Mentioned that spin works the same, so is there a metal piece that is now inside the mast but by normal douse will come out ? Can not think thats it, that potentially damages to much.... please try to rip it out...:)

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Agree the show is huge, I just landed back in the US after spending two days walking around. Not my first visit but it always amazes.

 

Missed Clean, how I don't know but the reporting form the floor seems to be pretty good.

 

This one is trade but the Europeans really pull out the stops for the big consumer shows, I'm looking forward to Paris in a couple of weeks.

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Got a great big pile of vids loading up now, they take a while though. For such an advanced country, the internet is shit! Sorry I missed you BobC, was looking forward to a long chat but it'll have to wait to the next one. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my liver and immune system), I will not be in Paris.

 

Anyway, here's a good dude and friend of our friend John Casey, talking about bumps in the road for his sleek and fast Sig 45 cat, and how things are going for the raceboat with a cruising interior. Hugo Le Breton

 

 

 

 

And here's Jez from Spinlock going over their new XC? rope clutch:

 

 

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METS slideshow - click the little speaker at the top left to shut the sound off...

 

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Holy moly! That's a lot of booths, products, videos, and pictures! Thanks for making the trip and reporting live from the ground, Mer and Clean.

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Mats-Uno Fredrickson, extremely fun party swede and guitar player and marketing director for Selden.

 

 

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Kim Allen from the new Allen Blocks, which is the same as the old Holt Allen without the Holt. Ugly story of their split-up too, but they didn't want to air dirty laundry...

 

 

 

 

Lawrence from Equiplite Shackles with some new carbon hotness.

 

 

 

 

 

A little tour of the Superyacht Pavilion, which was full of caviar and guys in expensive suits.

 

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Is there any way you can upload the slideshows to the site so they are initially static? Seriously fucking annoying and I'm sure I'm not the only one who would prefer their pc's resources not be sapped by a musical slideshow that automatically plays whether I can see it or not.

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Got a great big pile of vids loading up now, they take a while though. For such an advanced country, the internet is shit!

The last few days the biggest ISP in the country (KPN) is having problems with DSL and 3G due to a power disruption at their HQ.

Its just very unfortunate that you are here while this is happening because usually they are very reliable.

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Kim Allen from the new Allen Blocks, ...

 

The irony!

I know! I made them give me one.

 

When I was a dorky middle school kid I used to carry around a sheet metal screw so I could go up to girls I wanted to annoy and say "wanna screw?" Yeah, I know...but now I actually have an Allen Block.

 

I think these vids are finally done, and after roaming around almost all of Amsterdam today, I think I'll sleep fine on the plane.

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This guy was a train wreck, but I had read a bit about the product and liked it so I gave him a shot.

 

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Shife: Mer took the music out of the slideshow. She's not sure she can put it in without it taking over, so she'll leave it out for now.

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I cornered Rob Young from Harken to ask about their current line of hydraulics and what they are learning working on both the BMW and Alinghi boats. Good answers.

 

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Clean, you arse. Get a Day Job, would you? Sick of your OTW reports, week-in, week-out, from exotic locations. The Med. Europe, The Virgins. You're a prick for simply having such a gig.

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Got a great big pile of vids loading up now, they take a while though. For such an advanced country, the internet is shit!

The last few days the biggest ISP in the country (KPN) is having problems with DSL and 3G due to a power disruption at their HQ.

Its just very unfortunate that you are here while this is happening because usually they are very reliable.

 

Vodafone went down for at least 1/2 a day during METS. Apparently all frequencies, 3G, GPRS, etc. For the remainder of the week was up and down - I missed a lot of calls. I heard one similar story from T-mobile. Maybe they were all using the same towers or something, but as far as I am concerned, Clean crashed the M-F system!

 

All that not withstanding Clean, NL is near the top in Europe for IT. One reason (next to tax breaks) so many major multinationals make this their Euro home.

 

That Harken interview was the best one you did. Equiplite, the opposite.

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...surprised the bald dude didnt stick around the dam for OTWA from the cannabis cup...

That would have been some interesting coverage.

 

 

Or just like spending any normal afternoon with Clean.

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Finally home, a bunch of vids somehow didn't work from A'dam, but I'm uploading them now.

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Finally home, a bunch of vids somehow didn't work from A'dam, but I'm uploading them now.

 

Clean, I whipped by the stand from Herot GmbH, www.tyetec.de . Did not take the time to talk to them, but wish I had. Did you see this stand and talk to them? Anybody have experience with their gear, either sailmaking kit or rigging/spars related?

 

Cheers

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I can't be arsed figuring out which videos I've embedded here and which I haven't, so I'm just going to re-post all the ones from Sunday. Sorry to confuse, but I'm confused as hell right now. When I can load everything in an orderly way to YouTube, it's easy to catalog what's gone up, but when internet bullshit means I have to use six different ways to upload, I get all chicken-winged. Anyways, thanks for checking out the report - yet another step in OTW Anarchy's learning process - this time from the world's most hectic boat show.

 

 

Our friendly boobalicious blonde Gwenda with her boat hook/bollard lasso/modular boat stick thingie.

 

 

 

 

TiZip waterproof zippers - I want to use these to make my own custom OTW drybag...

 

 

 

 

Ebullient Zhik rep Patrick:

 

 

 

 

Spinlock's excellent new PFD - super low-profile (no more cutting flotation out of PFD?)

 

 

 

 

More of a cruising thing, but very well thought out and constructed - the NavSlide instrument mounting system:

 

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Kim Allen with the new Allen Blocks:

 

 

 

 

Selden Marketing Guru Mats-Uno:

 

 

 

Lawrence from Equiplite - serious BOAT BORN warning:

 

 

 

Our superyacht Forum tour - not really our cup of tea?

 

 

 

 

Crazy French Sportboater Pierre Aslan from Karver:

 

 

 

 

Harken's Hydraulics - and America's Cup Stuff:

 

 

 

Navtec's soon-to-be-released rigid carbon rigging:

 

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