The Miami Boat Show is now over. Amy and I arrived in Miami last Friday and our plan was to attend 3 days of the boat show, and get a chance to go for a test sail on a Helia, since we had missed out on that opportunity in Annapolis. Over the next week or two, we’re both going to get into more detail about the show, but I figured I’d share a few highlights to start.
We Definitely Chose the Right Boat
Time can dull the memory, and while we’ve looked at lots of pictures and videos of Helias since Annapolis, there was no substitute for getting back on the boat. This Helia had the new 2014 color scheme, which our boat will have as well, so it was great to get a better preview of what Starry Horizons will look like. As soon as we had a quick walk through, we both looked at each other and agreed: “We chose the right boat.”
It was a bit of a shock to be in a seminar and have someone turn around and ask us if we were from the blog “OutChasingStars”. And to have it happen again when we were out for the test sail – we felt a bit like rockstars. It was great chatting with these prospective Helia owners and share some of our experiences and plans. Meeting like minded people was one of the main reasons we started this blog so it was fantastic to have people introduce themselves and get to know them a bit better. Our new friends had a distinct international flavor, so we can officially say we’re famous worldwide!
The Show Itself Was Great
Aside from getting back on the boat, the show itself was great. We spent most of our time at the Strictly Sail part of the show, attending awesome seminars and talking to lots of different vendors about equipment we’re looking to install on Starry Horizons. The last day of the show, we were able to get over to the Miami Convention Center, which housed a huge amount of vendors, but I was surprised at how much of the show was devoted to power boats and fishing gear. Guess that came from our experience in Annapolis, but we were still able to make some connections with vendors we are really interested in.
I’m not sure if we’ll be able to make it to another boat show before Starry Horizons is launched, so we were glad to be able to come and get some big decisions made. As I said up top, more details will be coming in the next week or two!