Boat Show Craziness, and a wee dram of brag
Let’s see, a few highlights from two days of Miami Boat Show: a tour of the Garmin 5000 series from the company’s head marine software engineer; collecting more details on new AIS receivers from Raymarine and Furuno, not to mention three big brand Class B transponders awaiting approvals; hearing how the new Jeppesen Nobeltec C-Map team envision the future of marine charting; and watching the founder of Navionics sing and dance Volare at NavAid2. But my very favorite moment was at Power & Motoryacht’s gala pirate-themed advertiser appreciation party high up in the “starlight room” of our hotel. There I was, trying to get a few photographs of the high-spirited craziness seen above (yes that’s a pirate band playing on an elaborate pirate ship stage), when some glinty-eyed, snaggle-toothed buccaneer/stranger looks up at me from the mosh pit, raises his fist in the air, and shouts out, “Panbo rules!”
It’s just mind blowing how many people in the marine electronics industry are reading this blog (and your comments); Panbo’s future is bright. Once I get through the rest of the show, I’ll report on the above and many more interesting developments, but right now I’m feeling quite a bit of appreciation for the two magazines who support me so fabulously in this endeaver. PMY and Sail rule!