The United States Sailboat Show comes to Annapolis at the end of the week, and the United States Powerboat Show takes over that city's municipal docks and harbor the following weekend.
Both shows are opportunities for powerboaters and sailors to see what is new and innovative in the marine industry -- from high-tech sportsfishermen and lavish cruising yachts to the latest in small-boat radar.
The shows, billed as the largest in-water shows in the world, come at a time when the boating market is weak. Nonetheless, the industry will be well represented.
The sailboat show, which will feature more than 250 yachts in the water and more displayed on land, will have a separate multihulls section this year, featuring cruising and racing catamarans and trimarans. It also have debut a radical design by naval architects Gary Hoyt and Richard Roake of Newport, R.I.
Hoyt and Roake have collaborated on the Manta 32, a fast-cruising sloop built by Tillotson Pearson.
The Manta 32 features stabilizing wings, water ballast and a 14-foot beam, and is designed to reach speeds of 15 knots under sail or power.
The sailboat show opens to the public Friday at 10 a.m. and runs through Monday. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.
I= The powerboat show will run from Oct. 12 through Oct. 14.
Squirrel season opens Friday in all Maryland counties. For gray, black and Eastern fox squirrel, the limit is six per day and 12 in possession. For red or piney squirrel, there is no bag limit. The Delmarva fox squirrel is endangered, and the season is closed. Squirrel season runs through Jan. 31.
Ruffed grouse season also opens Friday with limits of two per day and four in possession. The season closes Jan. 31.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Striped Bass Advisory Board will hold a public meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. to discuss striped bass creel limits, allocations and proposed seasons for the 1991-92 season.
The meeting, to be held at the Department of Agriculture, 50 Truman Parkway in Annapolis, will deal with recreational, charter-boat and commercial seasons. It will be held in the lower-level conference room. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.
On Wednesday, a joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. postage stamp series will issued in ceremonies at the National Aquarium. The stamp series, Creatures of the Sea, was designed by artists from the United States and the Soviet Union and will be issued in both countries.
A reproduction of the stamp will be carried on the U.S. Women's Challenge maxiboat that is expected to compete in the next Whitbread race.