Wednesday, October 17, 2012
October 13, 2012. So its boat show time again. Every year its pretty much the same ole’ same ole’. The same boat manufacturers showing this seasons latest and the greatest. Every once in a while there’s something new that makes you stop and say WOW. Sometimes it’s “Wow”, how cool or why didn’t I think of that but a surprising amount of the time its more like “Wow, What the hell were they thinking”. A new trend I saw this year was the deck mounted winches on the new generation of catamarans. In the past the winches were mounted on the cabin top somewhat in the helmsman’s line of vision. So to get rid of this possible safety issue the trend seems to be to mount the winches down on an angled panel adjacent to the instrument panel. The way the lines are now led up and over a stainless plate mounted on the corner of the cabin top just seems kinda wrong to me.