In just over a week, the only all-sail boat show on the West Coast — Strictly Sail Pacific — will open its gates to sailing enthusiasts, and for the first time ever, will feature quality used boats in addition to new. Historically, Strictly Sail has been new-boat nirvana — sailors could crawl all over the newest of the new, and daydream about giving up the rat race and sailing over the horizon. The hostile economy seems to have had other ideas, though, so to keep the dream alive for those on tighter budgets, ‘brokerage boats’ will also be on display. So after leaving your DNA all over the new Jeanneau 57 — making its debut at the show — head over the Affordability Pavilion for some great deals on ‘pre-owned’ beauties.
There is, in fact, so much going on at Strictly Sail Pacific — running April 15-18 — that we can’t possibly list it all, so do yourself a favor and check out their site, then start planning your assault today. Just don’t forget to include the following Latitude 38 events to your itinerary:
- The Poobah’s Baja Ha-Ha seminar at 3 p.m. on April 16 (repeats on April 17 at 3:30 p.m.)
- Assistant Poobah ‘Banjo’ Andy Turpin’s talk on the Pacific Puddle Jump and cruising in Tahiti at 4:45 p.m. on April 17
- And, of course, the Baja Ha-Ha, Pacific Puddle Jump and Delta Doo Dah Reunion Party at the Latitude booth on Friday, April 16 at 6 p.m. Free beer and munchies, and lots of stories!
There’s a reason this show attracts sailors from all over the country — it really is the place to go to discover the latest gear and get the best deals.