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Newport 2013 - Back in Action!

Holy mackerel it has been forever since I’ve posted! Earlier this summer our website was hacked and we discovered that the access was gained through the blog. We’ve now switched over to a new program which has us a little more protected than the last one. Unfortunately, previous blog posts haven't been recovered. It hurts my heart a little, since I put a lot of time and energy into each of those entries. But what can ya do. Onward and upward!

American flag on the George Washington Bridge.

I still can’t believe show season has started again! And here we are, 2/5 of the way through our show season. I got up nice and early on Wednesday to drive up to Newport with all the KKY collateral. Driving over the George Washington Bridge on the anniversary of 9/11 and seeing that HUGE American flag gave me chills. After a rather uneventful drive the unloading and set-up went very smoothly considering how things can go at shows. Greg and I had our float next to Krogen 52' Keeper set-up in no time with some help from Jim. It really looked great and proved be a a cozy waiting area for people when we got super busy.

Let me just tell you. I fell in love with Newport the first show I worked a few years ago. I love the city, I love the blue water, I love the ocean breeze, I love how the show is run, I love the quintet who walk the docks playing "When the Saints Go Marching In". I love Cliff Walk, I love our BnB (Spring Street Inn- highly recommended), I love the fresh seafood and the Dark n’ Stormies. I just love it. I do wish there was a little more organization to how the boats are laid out at the show, and I’m hoping next year we’ll have adequate electric and the appropriate tent walls. But overall it was a great experience- again.

View of Newport Harbor from the bow of Keeper.

The weather was a little drab on Thursday and Friday resulting in steady, but not overwhelming crowds. Friday was particularly gross in the morning. Dark skies, misty rain, and no real wind. This resulted in stagnant heat within the confines of the tent on the float. That and the restless motion of the floating dock bobbing like a cork made for a bad combination. How pathetic is it to get a little seasick on a floating dock? Further evidence of why you don’t want a boat with a flat hull. Oy vey.

Always necessary at the end of the day.

And then there was Saturday. Holy crowds of people, Batman! As soon as the gates opened until after the show closed we were on a wait for people to see the boat. I do apologize to those of you who felt the wait was too long or didn’t like the idea of waiting. But we respect our owners’ trust and only allow several people on at a time with a particular broker. Hopefully you understand. Anyway, we were all exhausted by the end of the day. Each broker had escorted about 25 parties of 1 – 6 people through the boat. So if each broker spoke to about 100 people, we had at least 400 people on board… Isn’t that crazy? Hard to tell if it was anything more than a busy show for us as far as new boats go – but we’ll know in a few months. And I have a good feeling. 

Sunday sunrise run along Cliff Walk.

Saturday evening Dave came to see Newport after a NE hiking trip. It was nice to have extra help with the breakdown process on Sunday and company to drive back with me on Monday. Sunday was another gorgeous day with the sun shining and a hint of fall with the slight chill in the air. Perfect boat show day. Another busy day, but nothing like it was on Saturday. 

During the four day show we met the dreamers, the power boaters, and the reluctant sailors on the verge of becoming power boaters. Many had done their research and knew all about us, many learned they could fall in love with a Kadey-Krogen trawler. If you're still not convinced you could fall in love - come see us at the Baltimore Trawler Fest from Sept 26 - 29, at our Annapolis Open House from Oct 3 - 5 at the Port Annapolis Marina, or finally at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show From October 31 - November 4. 

Hope to see you soon!