The boat show is always one of our favorite things to do in Kemah. We make sure to go at least one day, but it does run Thursday-Sunday. We went with our friends Tina and Ray who are power boaters, and so naturally they wanted to head down the power boat row first.
This Cruisers Yacht 45 was the first one we were drawn into.
We were mesmerized by all its buttons. The shade outside retracts, the cushions on the back go flat and then recline anyway you’d like, and it has an inside sunroof.
The next boat we wondered into was the 50 ft 2015 Maritimo M50 offered by Galati Yacht Sales.
It seems like the fully enclosed fly bridges are the new standard.
The downstairs had a somewhat small master, but a really cozy cubby of a VIP room that I sort of fell in love with. Maybe because of my small size, I have always been drawn to small spaces.
The men seemed to be very impressed with the engine room, although I don’t see why.
The winds were really blowing us around on the dock, and climbing on and off boats was getting a bit exhausting, but we pressed on to the end of the power boat dock, and it’s a good thing we did or we never would have seen this pontoon with a water slide.
After that we headed over to the sailboat dock. A lot of the boats we have already seen at past boat shows broker open houses in our marina. We just yawned as we walked by the 40+ft catamarans.
I did take a second to step onto the 52 Beneteau Sense though, as it was probably the biggest sailboat there.
Boat Show fever hit me hard looking at a little Island Packet 35 named Missy. No pictures of her as we were too busy calculating what we’d have to sell to buy her.
They had a few more toys and plenty of vendors to talk to. What surprised us most this year is how many people we knew. We couldn’t go anywhere without running into a friend. That was my favorite part.
For us the surprises didn’t end at the festival, the real boat show started when we got back to the marina. Because of the high winds there was a boat stranded outside the channel and slowly dragging its way into the breakwater. I called the harbormaster and the coast guard, but they both just said to keep an eye on it and let them know if there is imminent danger.
We didn’t get to stay to watch the rescue or demise of the vessel, but we heard from a friend that she eventually got unstuck and is safely back in her slip.
One thought on “The 2016 Southwest International Boat Show”
I’ve been to the show in Kemah a couple times, 2010 and 2012. First boat show(s) I’ve attended. I had a good time on those. The one in 2012, I got to attend the entire weekend after only paying for the first day. Got to volunteer for a booth the rest of the time with the folks I did sailing lessons with. 😉
Good times in Texas.