Thanks for that Josh
I was just thinking...
I've travelled Europe extensively years ago and I swear there is not a lot of water lacking in Europe and in the old Yugoslavia.
1) the entire low countries have extensive canals that would be ideally suited for the Hobie Islands.
2) The Canal systems of England and Scotland would be amazing as you don't even need to camp. B&B it all the way.http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/f ... kirkwheel/
3) The Rhine can be dangerous as can the Danube. Yet there are the rivers and canals of France.
4) Many lakes in Bavaria would make an ideal Alpine Lake experience same as the Lakes of Italy and Switzerland covered by numerous fairy tale cottage B&Bs.
4a) Hungary has the Balaton a very large inland lake swarming with 'Tokay' wineries and great winds (in a very shallow lake, btw)http://www.ohb.hu/city/balaton/
(Note: If you are a fan of the old Dragon 27' sailboat, The Balaton has many restored examples that sail this lake on a regular basis)
5) A lot of the Adriatic Coast can be explored on a daysailer basis as can the French Southern Coast.
6) So can a lot of the coasts of the old Yugoslavia and Turkey)http://www.nytimes.com/1981/02/01/trave ... coast.html
7) Greece is a bit of a stretch yet the extensive ferries there can haul cartopped boats
8 ) Then we get into the Baltics. My God an incredible archipelago just waiting for daysailer exploration near Sweden and Denmark, all the way up into Lithuania.http://wn.com/Kayaking_around_the_%C3%85land_Islands
9) For the more experienced, Norway has as much to offer as the West Coast of Canada or Alaska.
WFT are you doing Hobie? You have an incredible chance to make a mark in Europe and almost as far as Asia Minor and possibly beyond.
Come on Hobie Marketing Dudes! Think beyond the box and market this amazing product and make it available to millions of potential European clients.
(Unless of course you'd rather create your own market vacuum by difficult European delivery times; eventually giving the business away to a 'sure-as-hell' offshore 'knockoff' coming in the near future?)