Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How to Walk the Catwalk

Four years ago, Craig and I came to the Miami Sailboat show hoping to buy an Antares Catamaran.  We had done the research, taken the sailing courses, and decided this was the boat for us.   It was therefore a significant milestone last week for us and for the Antares team to sail the first Argentine built hull into Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami for the ultimate sailboat fashion show.  Alberta Crewed spent the past week at the Miami Boat Show, the nautical catwalk designed to entice sailors to buy the latest gadgets and soak up industry information.   AC was the penultimate super model, strutting her stuff for hundreds of people dreaming of a life at sea.  We were asked by many how we felt about the invasion of the masses into our home.  Previous Antares and PDQ owners enabled us to make an informed decision by having their boats in shows and we felt it was our turn to do the same for future buyers.  We also wanted to support the Antares team.  We benefit with ongoing support and developing technologies when the company is healthy and thriving.  Finally, Alberta Crewed received the full spa treatment.  Along with cleaning and polishing every inch of her, the team gave her a good going over for repairs and adjustments.  Most of the manufacturers of our components have booths at the show and they spent time on the boat with us tweaking their products and giving us further training.  The Furuno team, including several representatives from their Japanese headquarters, spent a full morning inspecting our navigation systems and chart plotters, and helping us better utilize the hundreds of features we have.  A Harken rep took care of a nasty grind in one of our winches by simply turning one of the pawls over.  In my cleaning zeal I had replaced it upside down and it was skipping and grinding.  Seldon Rigging reps helped with some furling bolts and our Ultra Anchor friend, Randy, had the chance to see his anchor at work.  It was an opportunity for all of the reps to see how their equipment was integrated into an Antares.  Boat shows are excellent venues for information and in the past we've found invaluable expertise and knowledgable sales reps who will spend hours explaining products and answering questions.  

   Randy from Ultra showing us new anchor securing devices

                      Furuno experts

Most importantly, we had the chance to spend time again with good friends.  We tried many local restaurants, attended seminars, and managed to squeeze in a Miami Heat game with the growing circle of Antares friends.  Four years ago I had no idea that our boat would come with such a zany, creative, and fun-loving group of characters.

Walking Like a Catamaranwalk Model  (For Beth and Salwa) 
*Abapted From Wikihow

First you should start walking like a model. While the other boaters might make it look easy, strutting your stuff on two hulls isn't. Here's how to make an impression on the catamaranwalk.
  1. Make sure you are comfortable. Choose the right shoes. If you're not used to walking without heels, start with a thin two-inch heel, or a low wedge heel, preferably one that you have already broken in. (Later, you can work your way down to walking in lower, more comfortable heels.) If the shoes are new, scratch the soles with scissors so that they will not slip or mark the deck. Alternatively, you can cover the sole of the shoe with masking tape, if you don't want to scratch your shoes. Whatever you do, wear flip flops.
  2. Learn to stand like a supermodel. Practice your posture, and lean forward in rocky seas.  You should be able to balance 3 cruising guides on the top of your head.
  3. Train yourself to place the heel of the foot down first, then your toes, but keep most of your weight balanced on the ball of your foot rather than on the heel. It may feel strange, but keeping much of your weight on the ball of the foot gives you more of an elegant stride than a clunky heel- weighted walk would, particularly when you're about to sprawl face first across a wet deck. It's almost like walking on your tippy-toes, the way ballerinas do, but more natural.
  4. Put one foot in front of the other.  Face forward and don't look back at all of the ridiculous mistakes you've made. 
  5. Make your stride look long and commanding by lifting your legs almost in the same fashion a horse would while doing trotting leg extensions. Confidence is the key.  You may have no idea what you are doing but if you strut around on the deck with confidence, barking orders to an imaginary crew, you will gain new respect.  For each stride, you want to lift your foot a good distance off the deck (with a bend in the knee) and then place it down a good distance in front of the supporting leg, avoiding cleats, sheets, and hinges, with a stride longer than a normal walk would have. Don't make your strides too large as this will make you look awkward and ungraceful. Image is all that matters.  Remember to turn with your hip when you winch in that spinnaker. It's hard to describe but easy to do.
  6. Develop your own signature walk. There's no simple formula for walking the catamaran runway, and what will ultimately make you stand out is not only how well you can move your boat but also how much of your own personality you can inject into your performance to make it memorable. Smile even when you've caught your finger in the anchor chain. The best way to create your own unique style is to experiment, practice, and get feedback (even if it means taking some constructive criticism).  
  7. Most importantly, you must walk and strut your stuff like you know you're beautiful and you know that you're smokin' hot, and all the other sailors out there are going to be going crazy when they see you!. Self-doubt and low self-esteem can be damaging and there's nothing prettier than a catamaran with confidence.



  1. This past year I’ve been lucky enough to meet some very special people who have and will continue to make a wonderful addition to my life - you and Craig are part of that group. Your generosity and hospitality is absolutely amazing. I look forward to hosting you up north on Block that you're an ace at radar and your Furuno is top notch, there is no excuse why you can’t find us! The nightlife won’t match South Beach but Salwa and I can still put our Catamaranwalk skills to good use! You crack me up!

  2. But Laurie, how do I look graceful when my heel gets stuck between the slats on the dock? Its difficult to predict where my heel is going to land when the dock is covered with a red carpet. Always a pleasure to spend time with you and Craig and thank you for sharing your beautiful Alberta Crewed with all of us. See you in New York!