Don Prior wrote:I do not know the numbers but there was a good crowd. It may be that I know more people at this function now but it seemed more friendly and everyone stopped to talk or comment on all the boats in attendance.
I have not yet heard what the "incident" was for this year. I know of Intruder's exhaust problem two years back and Erics fuel problem last year but have not heard of anything for this year. The weather was certainly not a problem. The forecast increase of wind on Sunday afternoon never materialized on the route I took back to Oak Harbor. I believe the Strait was also rather benign going towards Admiralty Inlet.
Don, glad you enjoyed it. From what I heard, you were not alone and that's a good thing. We officially had 82 boats with over 210 adult attendees, plus several kids—more seem to show up every year and that's also a good thing, in my humble opinion as a parent of 3 of those in attendance. I'm not sure if the word did not get out well enough but for the few kids and parents that showed up for it, movie night in the tent was fun—"Finding Nemo" and popcorn.
I don't know of any instances except my relatively minor one—my inverter crapped out on me on the way up somehow and we had no 110 upon arrival. No shore power, no generator power. We finally, with the enormous help of Byron Richards and my colleague, Scott Blake, bypassed the inverter and were good for the weekend.
Personally, I think the biggest improvement was switching from the movie screens and projectors for seminars to the LCD monitors and computer hookups. They were so much more visible.
I also was very impressed with the invitation GB gave us to attend an open forum of future products. We are very lucky to have them here in Seattle and to have them sincerely want to know what their current owners think about the product. There were some very good comments/suggestions given at the forum and they seemed to really listen and care.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask any of you who were in attendance to provide feedback, good, bad or indifferent. You can post it here or send one of us (Greg Richmond of myself) a PM or an email. But please
let us know.