Shopping for boat porn & more.

Tuesday came with beautiful sunshine forcing me out of my bed at Sebastian's early. After a quick breakfast I took the tram to the RAI congress centre where the METS takes place each year during the third week of November. It has grown to something truly indigest so one needs to prepare not to loose track of what is personally interesting. Having spent an important part of my life trying to clean the three hulls of our trimaran ion the water I found a new favourite toy to hold on to while scrubbing with the other hand. I bought one as X-mas gift for my old friend, naval architect Stefan Törnblom of trimaran fame. Below it's mounted on a delivery truck in the street in front of my hotel for a first serious testing.

METS has everything you can ever think of to be used on yachts of all sizes. Here is a collection of winches and blocks that stand out. My old friend Aloïs Kerdule from Karver Systems had won the prestigeous Dame award with their new winches. No wonder he was all smiling.

In the super yacht pavilion where nobody can enter who does not have at least 30 million dollars to invest in a boat I found the beautiful people that flock to the yacht shows in Monaco and Fort Lauderdale trying out their next steering pedestal from Edson and its giant wheel in laminated mahogany and ash wood.

17000 steps later I tumbled out of the show, dead tired, jumped into the tube back to the central station that is close to Sebastian's and spent some frustrating moments before sunset to try to shoot bicyclists in action. I think I got 5 shots of 500 more or less right. Can anyone tell me the secrets of not getting the background but rather the moving object in focus while panning with a shutter speed of 1/30 of a second, continuous autofocus and 10 frames per second? Does it help to use a tele lens??

I spent the evening in the French bistro owned by my friend Rex eating a perfectly cooked 400g côte de boeuf and drinking a Chambolle Musigny with two new American friends from the superyacht pavilion selling video equipment and films to owners with too much money to spend. Needless to say, this beautiful Wednesday morning I suffer from serious overeating and meat will not be on the menu for at least month. It was time to leave Amsterdam after a record 55000 steps but not without visiting my favourite tea store from the 17th century for some Darjeeling and Assam tea. The owner wore the same pullover and glasses as a year ago (see our blog 40000 steps in Amsterdam to see her large smile) and her cat was even shaggier than last year as far as I can remember. Stay tuned for our next adventure!

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