Back in January Sara and I dropped by the Seattle Boat Show. Strangely enough, I’ve never been to a boat show before so I really didn’t have much to compare it to.
After walking the concourse to see the gadgets, going down on the floor where all of the small boats are, and taking the shuttle over to South Lake Union I felt that something was missing. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty to see but nothing shocked or surprised me in that “I have never seen anything like this” way. Then we stumbled across the Arctic Monkey.
As far as sailboats go, most of what we saw at the show were the luxury yachts. Big Catalinas, Benetaus, Jeannaus and even a giant Lagoon Catamaran. Swim decks, wine racks and interiors that were modern and comfortable were opened up for everybody to tour. Again, no complaints.. these were beautiful boats but what seemed to be missing was the rugged offshore boat.
Then, right in the middle of the lineup was the Arctic Monkey.
The Monkey is a 2015 Garcia Exploration 45 with an African teak interior, 270 degree view from the nav station, wind/solar, insulated aluminum hull,…. the builders vision was “Land Rover of the sea” and this boat was made to go off grid. Stepping on the deck makes you want to leave for Ketchikan immediately:
As of this writing (June 2020) the Arctic Monkey is still for sale and way out of our price range but it’s always fun to dream. Who knows, maybe some of my half baked investment ideas will change that. Until then it’s fun to dream…