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The Boat Show Survival Guide

by Darrell Nicholson on September 10, 2014

Last weekend at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington I was reminded of the hidden dangers of boat shows. I was sitting in the cockpit of a custom Ed Monk design offered for sale and had forgotten that I had a mortgage and a job that required regular appearances at an office. I caressed the freshly varnished tiller. It seemed to fit my hand perfectly. “The previous owner sailed it all over the Pacific,” the owner said. I suddenly realized I’d violated the first rule for attending a boat show: Never go alone.

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