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  Bump's World - May 2017
May 17, 2017
One of my friends and customers, Edward Smith, invited me to come sail with him on his Hanse 545 in the British Virgin Island of Tortola. I thought that could be fun before the busy sailing season begins in Marblehead. Edward then mentioned there might be a little race between his boat and Deni's Hanse 545, also a customer of mine.


Bump's World - February 2017
February 24, 2017
The 2017 New England Boat Show started will a series of snow storms that made move in and set up a bit of a panic. It was snowing as we moved our boats in so they got really dirty. Then Thursday a major snow storm prevented us from even getting to the show. Somehow, Friday, we got it together and got the boats clean and the booth set up for opening on Saturday.


Bump's World - Winter 2017
January 24, 2017
Key West 2017 will be remembered as the year of the great weather. I have done Key West 5 times now and the weather is always a huge improvement from January Marblehead weather, but this year was perfect. Every day had a low temperature of 74 with a high of 78. No rain at all. Mostly sunny to totally sunny skies every day. Winds were about 18 to 20 Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Winds were slowly lessoning the rest of the week. Seas were pretty lumpy on the windy days usually about 3 feet. The water is warm about 72 degrees.


Bump's World - Fall 2016
November 9, 2016
As we come to the end of 2016, the yachting industry continues to see a huge influence from the European builders. Over 90% of all sailboats over thirty feet are built by three builders. I am lucky to represent one of those builders. For the second year in a row, more European built boats are sold in the North American market than North American built boats. Even the 2 last bigger US builders, Catalina and Hunter are getting killed. I cannot believe they will last much longer.


Bump's World - February 2016
February 5, 2016
Key West continues to be the premier sailing event in the United States. For years Premier Racing ran this regatta and in many ways it changed, for the better, the way the way regattas are run all across the country. Like many boating related activities, running regattas these days is very difficult. Sponsors are hard to get and participation is down. Luckily the Storm Trysail Club stepped up to bat and keeps this regatta going.