2011 Boat Show Recap!

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This year’s Annapolis Boat Show was booming! We’re not sure if the weather had more to do with mass attendance or if the boating clientele’s eagerness to see boating industry’s latest and greatest was contagious.

For those who couldn’t make it, here’s some eye candy:

APS Boat Sales Manager John Maloney and Customer Service Manager Aaron Freeman hung out on the docks talking to folks about shiny new One Design dinghies (pictured above) and the APS 2011 Boat Sale that’s running until Oct. 17th.

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Slam Boat Show 2011The SLAM booth was looking as sleek as the Italian designs themselves.

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Selden Reversible Winches Boat Show 2011This is a real sneak peek with more to come. Your eyes are working correctly – Seldén is launching the release of a Reversible winch! Wait for the blog post, it’s coming…

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Musto Samson Boat Show 2011Blue skies over Musto and Samson! Perfect for shopping. The reggae music from Pussers made us all do a double take – we’re on the Bay, right? This isn’t Tortola?

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Gill Boat Show 2011Gill had a press conference Thursday morning, and APS was right there, staffing the booth and snapping photos like the pros. The winner of the Topaz sweepstakes was present to accept his award – a new boat and $500 worth of Gill gear! (We’re wondering if he chose the Pro Dinghy Gear…) Plus, President of Gill North America David Pritchard and US Sales Manager Jerry Richards revealed new gear for 2012. Expect blog reviews this January…

APS had a Kids’ Sailing booth. Over 150 young sailors got to take APS Bugs around a mini-course!

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Karver Boat Show 2011Karver’s eye-catching colors and designs are as noteworthy as the blocks’ working loads…To Karver’s US Rep Nicholas – It was great to see you at APS before the show! Thanks for your compliments on our storefront!

This year’s show was a great success. The good business, the sophisticated clientele, the elbow rubbing, and good times made it just about as good as it could be. Thank you to everyone in attendance. Here’s to a good show for 2012!

PS. APS gathered some quality information from many of our vendors. We’ll be pushing out product leaks in upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

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  1. Wow. You mean boats with this type of structural imperfections are actually sold to the public? Don’t they need to pass safety tests and such? This is worrying news indeed.

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