I salivated as I admired the Grand Banks Eastbay 46 SX but decided I might be even happier aboard the upcoming Eastbay 50. (I see a very happy retirement plan here.) I yearned for the 50-foot Wesmac_ Kathleen IV_ that Marlow had on display. Beamy, solid, light-filled but cozy … I yearned to write a check, toss off the lines and head up to Maine. Immediately. Yet, I also stood aboard the NISI 2400 GT and thought, This is sweeeeeet. An axe bow, a very modern, limed-oak interior, clever and seaworthy touches everywhere (not surprising — she's a Ward Setzer design) vaulted right over my traditional tendencies and made me think, Hmmmm. I could do this too. Cheoy Lee's Mazu, a 151-foot ship in the Marco Polo series, screams tough-as-nails on the outside, but dazzles with Macassar ebony joinery and a luxurious interior that I could probably learn to love … in about three seconds. As a girl who leans, in her personal taste, toward the part of the show closest to the South Gate Entrance, most at home among the trawlers and Down East-style boats, I was surprised by how many vessels I saw that stretched my nautical desire in new directions.