Seattle Boat Show 2013, the aftermath

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The 2013 Seattle Boat Show is over. Ten days is a long time for a show and for small companies like Westpac it can be quite an ordeal. The good news is this year customers were back out looking at products and asking questions. Time flies when you are busy in the booth and for the bulk of the days we we busy. Evenings were another story, it was dead but Seattle always seems to head off early for dinner (and a cocktail?) rather than going to a boat show.

This year there was some new equipment to see. We had the Kannad R10 manoverboard device and our own 5:1 lifting tackle. The lifting tackle was a big hit. Using an idea from rock climbing we were able to lower the price to $150.00 and still provide a super high quality piece of equipment. Check it out to see how we put it together. All the hardware is sailboat grade and the rope is actually made in the US by Sterling Rope.

There was some time to get out of our booth to check out what others had on offer. Satellite communications seems to be replacing single sideband radios. Following the recent sailboat race around the world shows how much information can be transmitted back and forth (if you have the money) with this type of equipment. LED lights are everywhere, maybe saving power for the satellite antennas, both for use inside and outside. Then there was the floating hot tub which did not look overly seaworthy. It was good to see new products after several years with nothing. Hopefully this is a trend brought about by a strengthening economy.

Seattle Boat Show 2013 Report #1

The 2013 Seattle Boat Show is about two months away but we are already busy preparing for it. Last Friday the show producer sent out their first draft of booth assignments. It appears we will be in the same general location on the west side of the concourse. The big change this year is Winslow Life Raft will be right next to us and we feel this will be a great move.

Over the past few years we have had great success selling our web straps at the show. Now whenever there is some free time webbing is being cut and buckles are being sewn on. This year we plan on bringing an even greater assortment to the show, new sizes and different buckle configurations. As always the best time of the year to buy straps and sail ties is at the show. We offer large discounts especially if you need 4 or more. Our special $1.00 side release buckle strap will also be returning.

We are also working on a new, less expensive 5:1 lifting tackle. It will still use high grade sailboat hardware but we think we have found a way to provide a dramatic price reduction. Hopefully by the first of December we will have more information, stay tuned.