I love Seattle, I don’t mind the wet and the cold, it’s part of what makes this a great place to visit and I’m lucky enough to be in the Pacific northwest several times each year. My wife Pam flew up with me so we could meet with new clients and see old friends.
The first weekend is always exciting. It’s one of the first shows of the year and the new year buzz and enthusiasm is still in the air. Lake Union affords an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of trawlers. Last December I made arrangements well in advance to meet with two different trawler buying couples who asked me to be their trawler tour guide as they continued their searches in earnest. I’ve certainly paid my dues sitting on boats at shows and greeting hundreds of enthusiasts, I still love that, but it is in some ways more productive to spend one-on-one time with clients talking and studying the hundreds of options where we can interchange in real time: Do you need a flybridge? Widebody vs. double walk around side decks around the saloon? Single engine vs. Twin? Galley up or down? Master forward or amidships? Etc.
After lunch with a couple from Oregon who came up for the show (they already own a trawler) I spent Friday afternoon with the first couple, from the SF Bay area. We toured several trawlers at the show including some that we knew weren’t on their “list”. Seeing trawlers in person helps you focus on what is important and develop your own preferences. You can really only do this properly by stepping aboard different brands, sizes and layouts to see how they feel. How are the sight lines? Is there enough room to spend extended time aboard? Too many stairs? How many cabins and heads do you really need? There are a plenty of non-trawler power boats that are easy to walk past at the show. I also find it very satisfying to say hello to many fellow brokers whom I have known for decades and to see what is listed for sale in the current local market since inventory is always changing.
The in-water show at Lake Union ends at 5:00pm, very civilized. After touring eight trawlers we met up again with the other couple from lunch to have a total of six for dinner. Russ and Missie are a fun pair from Oregon who let me help them purchase a Selene 53 last year and it was interesting to see the role reversal as they have evolved into the “crafty veterans” when not too many months ago they were on the other side of the table. Their Selene 53 has been vastly improved, interesting to talk about the projects they have completed on their punch list from purchasing and after some light cruising during their first few months of ownership they are jumping into 2018 with bigger plans for adventures starting this spring. The dialog between trawler owners and trawler owners-to-be is fascinating and there is always an interesting new twist or unique new issue to consider, part of the enjoyment I get from my job is always learning.
On Saturday we took a road trip to Anacortes (skipping the show) to look at more trawlers. On the way we stopped by one brokerage on Lake Union to see a trawler and then took and impromptu detour over to the Shilshole Bay marina to see the Nordhavn 55 Red Rover which I had privately brokered two years ago to the current owners, who have become very close friends. Kevin and Alison hosted an Open House for the Nordhavn Dreamers from 8:30 am – 10:30 am and just blogged about it here https://comeonrover.com/ . They have a fun and informative blog worth bookmarking and frequenting. The Nordhavn 55 is one of my favorite designs and Red Rover is an excellent example that shows how a well looked after trawler continues to impress and attract admirers.