Chandlery February 2008 Issue

Marine Gearhead Heaven

Dutch trade show offers a smörgasbord of innovative products from the world over.

Practical Sailor readers, it’s fair to say, appreciate good gear. If you can’t afford the best bilge pump, at least you want one of decent quality, one you can trust. How satisfying it is to turn the drum of a stainless-steel Andersen winch and listen to the pawl clicking in the teeth of the gear, or spin the sheave on a Harken snatch block and hear the clattering of ball bearings, or to heft a Bruce anchor and [IMGCAP(1)]marvel at its brute strength. Imagine then an enormous arena full of every imaginable piece of equipment, component, and boat accessory from around the world. This is what you’ll find every year in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at an event called the Marine Equipment Trade Show. Held in the Amsterdam RAI convention center, the METS covers roughly 500,000 square feet of floor space. (In comparison, a football field measures just 48,000 square feet.)

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