I’m flying through Chicago on my way back to Seattle from my past two weeks of conferences in Europe (first the SQL Server Summer Academy in Croatia and second Microsoft Tech*Ed Europe) both of which were great…and after all the craziness I’m in Chicago this week – to see family/friends and check on things for the SQLskills SQL Immersion Event – which will be held in downtown Chicago in October. Having grown up in Chicago (and been away for 12+ years) I quickly remember what summers are like. Yesterday it was 86 with 100% humidity (at least it felt like it) and today it was 70 and breezy… But – October, that’s another story! October is typically an IDEAL time.
But – having complained about the weather a bit – I can’t really complain about the day! My Father is the Chicago area representative for Hunter/Dufour and works through Racine Riverside exclusively selling these wonderful yachts in the Chicagoland area. This is a job change for Dad after many years…where sailing was his main hobby/passion but certainly not his career. Anyway, that’s what led me to this post – I have sailed on many “boats” growing up but it’s been many years… and I don’t remember boats like these; these boats are NOT racers – these are cruisers – and they have every ammenity possible (and then some – for example, I never did get time to watch the flat panel TV w/DVD, etc…)
So – the “demo” boat we took out today was a Hunter 44 Aft Cockpit (2004) and it was MORE than comfortable. Easy to sail and filled with all sorts of gadgets so that even I looked like I knew what I was doing…. The features are just amazing. You just can’t NOT love an electric winch, and roller furling for BOTH the jib and the main – gotta love not having to reef the main…. Wow, what a great boat!!!! Here are a few pics of the day…
So – if you’re in the general area, would love to own a beautiful cruising yacht… talk to my Dad! He won’t believe you read it here!! (well, neither will I :)
What a nice way to end the 4th of July weekend! Back to work!! Index recommendations are coming tomorrow!