Friday, September 19, 2014

Southampton Boat Show

We spent two days at the Southampton Boat show, with Oyster, on other blue water cruising boats and with suppliers - exhausting but so much fun!
Celebrating our new boat in the sun at Southampton Boatshow - is this a dream???
Made the decision to change the table on our boat to this fold out version as seen on the 575

Oyster have a brokerage show at the same time - a great opportunity to see features we like and don't like.

Love this idea to remove the spare halyards from cluttering the mast
Feeling at home on the 575 - hope he's not getting foot disease

The serious side - picked out a liferaft at the Ocean Safety stand

We love the new chunky steps and stainless hand rails - we will have something similar....

Shoosh don't tell anyone but I had to test the bed for size - this is a 575 but I think its the same size

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The first decision made

The first choice we had to make was to decide on the colour of our 'cove line and boot tops' - these are the lines that on the hull just above the water line and down the side; the go faster stripes. Oyster standard is navy blue, however we wanted something different and so decided on grey, dark grey but trying to find the right shade was quite a dilemma. Some greys are green grey - yuck, others are too pale. At one point we walked every jetty at Fremantle Sailing Club looking for boats with lines in a grey we liked. In the end we short listed to 3 RAL colours and Oyster made sample panels in gelcoat over fibreglass and shipped them to us so we could see exactly how it would look. We finally decided on RAL7024....

I really hope we will be better at making decisions as this process goes on as that decision took two months.