We even saw David Allan Coe at the Iron Horse Bar, he is pretty old and feeble, but still sings his old songs. He was probably more famous as a song writer than a performer anyway, and even though he is still kicking along, looks pretty rough.
The Miami boat show took place about a month ago, and it was a bit windy and cool, but the water taxi picked us up at our marina and took us to the show, how simple! We looked at the pretty shiny boats, and decided, hey, why not? Our favorite boat in the entire show wasn't the biggest. It wasn't the most expensive, or the fastest. But, it was the best boat for us, and it was the newest offering from the largest catamaran builder in the world, Lagoon. The boat that caught our fancy was the new, Lagoon 42. This new boat is the latest in the Lagoon offerings, the world premier of this boat was the Dusseldorf boat show in mid January od this year, and the Miami show was the United States premier of the boat, and the first time it was shown in the water. The boat is a real beauty. It has panoramic windows around the entire salon, a HUGE cockpit (think dance-floor) a real galley and separate heads with separate shower in the three cabins. The entire starboard hull is an owners cabin, and the helm station has a real hardtop with a sliding roof opening in it. The cockpit is open, and covered in teak, with only 3 steps down to the water, and still has ample bridge-deck clearance. The mast is moved aft about 7 feet or so, reducing the size of the main sail and reducing pitching in a head sea. The resultant head sail is larger than average, and the jib is self-tacking. A huge code-zero helps the boat go to wind, and also off the wind. There is a new Utube video of this boat going 16 knots downwind in a 22 knot following breeze! The boat is so appealing, that in two months since it's premiere, they have sold 106 boats already, making this boat an instant success. It really is a beauty, and will be something we will be proud of. We are considering selling tickets just to step aboard, so if you are so inclined, let us know, we will check our busy schedule, and perhaps squeeze you in!