Today is the opening day of the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland! Our booth is all set and we’re excited to meet all of you and show you the Ultrafeed Sewing Machines.
What’s at the Show?
We have a great crew at the show this year who are ready to answer your questions and chat about projects. In our booth you’ll find demonstrations of the Ultrafeed Sewing Machines and accessories, including the new EZ™ Set Stitch Length Plate, which we think you’re really going to love.
We’ll also be doing demonstrations of a few of our favorite tools. The Sailrite® Edge Hotknife, the SnapRite® System, and the Pres-N-Snap will all be on hand for you to see and purchase. Be sure to check out our fabric wall too, which contains swatches of a variety of great marine grade fabrics for your next boat project.
You can also meet our newest crew member, Zach Grant. Zach is Matt and Hallie’s son who has just joined the Sailrite team after graduating from Indiana University last spring. In case you can’t make it out to the show this year, I did a little Q&A with Zach so everyone can meet him!
Meet Zach Grant
Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s show?
A: The thrill of being able to talk about the Ultrafeed Sewing Machine and show off its potential is at the top of the list. Otherwise, being able to talk with each customer and share their enthusiasm about future and past projects seems a great way to better understand the uses of Sailrite’s products. I have a lot to learn and am truly excited for all the knowledge I will gain and share at the boat show.
Q: How long have you been sailing? What kinds of boats do you sail?
A: I have been sailing since I was 9 years old, my grandfather, Jim Grant was pivotal in my sailing education. At the time he had to fight hard to get my brother, cousins, and me on the water to sail. As we learned the basics of how to read the wind and which courses of sail would and wouldn’t work to reach a buoy we became enthralled with the sport. We mainly raced Sabots at the time, but as we progressed we moved into the Force 5, Sunfish, and Laser. About the age of 15, my cousin and I became competitive and raced Lasers, MC Scows, and Flying Scotts all around the Midwest.
By the time I got to high school I made the varsity sailing team for the Laser and 420. Since then I have mainly stuck with sailing MC Scows and C Scows against my father, Matt Grant, and grandfather. Jim recently refurbished an Islander 37 and has been goading all family members to join him for Wednesday night races leading up to, hopefully, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
Q: What’s your favorite Sailrite product?
A: I love the Ultrafeed. After spending the last couple months working with and learning to tune and repair the machine I have grown a deep admiration of it. While it may seem simple, the internal workings are a work of art, almost as pretty as the projects it can produce.
Q: What’s it been like joining the family business?
A: At first I was a bit skeptical to work for my parents, little did I realize Sailrite is a family in its own right, there is so much camaraderie within the company it is hard to tell one family from the other. I thoroughly enjoy working with everyone here and could not ask for a better place of work.
Q: What’s one fun fact about you?
A: 5 or so years ago, sailing Sailrite’s Seaward 24 project boat with Jim, my brother, and cousins down the Intracoastal Waterway we decided to anchor in a small cove along the river for the night. Little did we know tide was a concern. Long story short, we all woke up on top of each other at a 30-degree angle and were stranded until tide came back.
Come out and meet Zach and the rest of the Sailrite crew in person at the US Sailboat Show. We’ll be in our usual spot, Tent H: Booth 24-27. They can’t wait to see you!
The United States Sailboat Show starts today (Thursday) with a VIP Preview day and opens to the public tomorrow, Friday, October 9, 2015 from 10 am – 6:30 pm. The show runs through Monday, October 12. To learn more about the show and to purchase tickets visit the Annapolis Boat Show.
If you’re attending the boat show, what are you most excited about? If you can’t attend, you can follow Sailrite’s trip with us on our Facebook and Twitter.