Date: 17 January 2024. 2024 St. Pete Boat Show Weekend.
The new year has arrived and life
is once again looking better for me. This weekend the
St. Pete Boat Show is the place to be. I have been attending for
several years, starting back in 2008 when a whole bunch of us came
down to outfit a 40' sailboat for an around the world adventure.
Boat show bargains were found in abundance. As always I am
interested in new products coming onto the market. Viewing the boats for sale is quite
St. Pete Boat Show
dates: Thursday 18 January 2024 through Sunday 21 January 2024.
↓ was taken last year. There are
a variety of boats and motors for sale. You will see go-fast speed
for the fishermen and divers, center console boats, cabin cruisers,
trawlers, motor yachts and lots of sailboats too.
Goslings, the red building on the left side of this photo offers adult
beverages. It is quite popular.
A few years back Bob Bitchin of
Cruising Outpost was hosting pizza parties at Goslings.
That was fun!
For me one of the best parts
besides admiring the great boats and gear are the seminars found on
I am hoping to attend one of the
Gadgets seminars by Bill Cullen of
One year I attended a seminar about
cruising the Bahamas by
She was there a dozen or so years after my folks and I.
In previous years I have seen some
amazing boats and equipment for sale:
Ranger Tugs ↑ are
beautiful vessels. They are far bigger inside than many would
This boat had four 425hp
Visiting with Greg of
Mantus Anchors is always fun. In
switching currents having the Mantus swivel is in my view a
good idea. It is a powerful connection and far sturdier than
the "normal" swivels sold. Definitely check those out. I also
utilize the snubber gizmo.
Al ↑ invented the
Bilge pump system.
Rick Rhodes was offering his cruising guides.→
Cutwater 30 is one of the nicest boats I have seen in the
sub-35' category. A lot of living can be done aboard one of
Cruising Outpost (formerly
Latitudes and Attitudes) is a gem. I like her!
Revisiting friends and meeting new
people is a natural at a good boat show. I look forward to
seeing both old friends and making new ones this year.
spots are available
for when I want to rest for a bit.
The final three months of 2023
can best be described as not-so-great. Just 20 minutes after one of
the fellows said "be careful or you'll break your phone" I dropped
said iPhone7 and shattered the screen. I could not open it again and
consequently I lost almost all of my phone numbers.
Message for SV Grace: I lost your
phone number when my phone broke, thus do not have an address to
mail your Christmas card and star. Text me please (the real number
ending in 8509) so I can actually write your stuff down. And thank
P.S. - I am still enjoying the
Inverter Friendly Pancake Griddle
incidentally. Thank you!
Please don't forget to text me your
S/V Grace ↑
Then for several months I have been dock-bound... Seaweed has not
left the pier for over three months!!!
When the whole fiasco with the
virus occurred I dodged that bullet and was totally healthy. Finally
in October of 2023 I managed to get infected. Recovery was quick.
Long covid struck however. That had me sleeping 14 hours a day.
After this many trips around the sun I have learned to listen to my
body. It needed rest so I slept. zzzzzzzzzz.
It is good to be
back functioning again. I believe the rest helped.
One of the many things I enjoyed
last year was a sausage sub sold at the boat show by one of the food
vendors. It was perfect.
The Italian sausage with grilled onions and green
peppers was totally delicious. I ate the onions and grilled peppers
St. Pete Boat Show looks to be great this year too. I will
definitely be there on Friday. Say hello if you see me. It is
possible I might also attend Saturday or Sunday.
Thank you so much for being a part
of my world. Thanks too for reading.
Are you going to the St. Pete Boat Show this weekend?
And, what do you look forward to most at a boat show?
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