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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Newfound Metals will be introducing stainless deck hatches, intended to replace the aluminum made Lewmar hatches found as OEM equipment on many production boats. Typical size: 24 x 24 inches. This is great news as I dont like those Lewmar hatches but their price is ok. However, if there will be hatches available that will match the portlights I would rather go for those.
We crawled around some boats, new and used, at the boats afloat show. Got some tips from all on good and bad ideas. We were looking at cabinet and finishing details including laminates/woods/etc. In summary, the generally nicer, most practical interiors were on the Island Packet boats. Worst, cheapest interiors were on the Jeanneaus. We didn't even go aboard the Catalinas or Beneteaus. Notable mentions was the Perry designed Northern 44 (formerly the Nordic 44) and the Oyster 52 (at a cool $1.5 million).
The show was a bit smaller than previous years. While there were many boat dealers, there were fewer vendors.