Strictly Sail Miami
We flew back from the Bahamas for Strictly Sail in Miami. It's held at the Bayside which is great for sailboat shows, but a bit ordinary for anything else...especially food.
The show was wonderful. Saw some great 'bits' for boats including a nifty mast-climber, new solar panels, refrigeration, power cells and, of course, boats.
My new favourite boats are the Hylas 46 (secondhand 2012 is US$799,000, so that's not an option), the Nauticat range which I saw a few years ago in Japan and which still thrill me. and the Aussie entrant Seawind catamarans...the 38'er is a fabberlus boat.
Heading back to Abaco soon for some Carib sailing. Once again we need to be 'creative' for the customs chappies who insist on charging 45% duty, plus 7.5%VAT for anything...whether a new purchase or not.
Honestly, I think the Bahamas needs to rethink its strategy regarding the huge sailing busiuness...Cuba is a developing market and Mexico is great...and cheap.
For instance, I can take my boat into Mexico for 10 years for $50. The Bahamas is $300 for the first year and $500 for each year after that.
The Bahamas is great for one thing only; the waters surrounding the islands. Otherwise, the land is flat and featureless, approaching third world as far as infrastructure is concerned and the people are not the happy-go-lucky carefree mob depicted in popular myth. Did I mention the Bahamas is very expensive? Cost of living wise, it is 45% more than the US and 28% more than Oz.
Okay, whinge over, back to the business at hand.
Coffee and bagels........
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!