Variety is lure at display of powerboats

October 17, 1991|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff

ANNAPOLIS -- Hours after the sailing yachts depart the city docks after the sailboat show, the motor-driven yachts begin to arrive for the U.S. Powerboat Show, which will occupy the downtown waterfront tomorrow through Sunday.

This year's edition of the show that started as an offshoot of the U.S. Sailboat Show includes an interesting lineup of boats from an 18-foot canoe powered by an electric motor to 72-foot motor yachts.

One of the smaller boats in the show, the Whisper, built by Electra-Ghost Canoes in Annapolis, is designed for use in backwaters and rivers.

Designer Allen Cady built the Whisper as a small touring or fishing boat, and with a draft of only 10 inches, the boat is suited to many areas of Maryland lakes and rivers.

Cady has designed the stern of the Whisper to allow the propeller and motor to be recessed in what he calls a turbo-tunnel. The standard motor is a 36-pound thrust, 12-volt trolling motor.

Except for a 10-foot oval cockpit, the canoe hull has been decked over and fitted with airtight compartments for dry storage of clothing, lunches, backpacks and so on.

Toward the other end of the scale from the Whisper is the Montgomery Coaster, a 49-foot trawler built in Crisfield and featuring a wood-burning fireplace in its main salon.

Also from Crisfield will be the Somerset 35 and 42, built by Evans Boat Construction, and both fiberglass designs are patterned after the traditional Chesapeake Bay dead-rise workboats.

The powerboat show is laid out in sections so that boats of similar design may be perused by the prospective buyer.

In the motor-yacht section, for example, will be five convertible cruisers and sportsfishermen between 38 and 53 feet in length from Viking and five more from Hatteras, including the Hatteras 60.

Also in that section will be two new catamaran power cruisers that are making their market debut at the show -- the Ultress 27 and the Euphorie 40.

The Euphorie is built by Jeantot Marine of France and features four separate state rooms with four private heads and showers. A sportfishing version comes with an optional tuna tower.

Classic sportsfishermen at the show will include boats from Oyster Bay Boat Yard, Luhrs, Blackfin, Black Watch, Jersey, Pacemaker, Shamrock, Ocean Yachts and S2, which will have a nine-boat package of Tiaras and Pursuits.

Sea Ray, a popular U.S. manufacturer, will have a fleet of 10 yachts at the show, ranging to its Express 500, a 50-foot cruiser. Carver, Grady White, Silverton, Trojan, Mainship and Regal are among the other prominent U.S. builders who will have multiboat packages at the show.

Among the offshore performance boats that will be available for inspection is the Fountain line of 10 muscle boats from 24 to 47 feet, as well as the new Pantara 24 and 38, the Formula 28 and 31 and strings of boats from Stingray, Check Mate, Progression and Baja.

The increasing popularity of Down East-style fishing and cruising boats is evident in another section of the show, where the MDI 43 fly-bridge cruiser from Mount Desert Island, Maine, makes its market debut along with the Flye Point Marine 36 from Brooklin, Maine.

Facts and figures

* WHAT: 20th U.S. Powerboat Show.

* WHERE: City dock and harbor, Annapolis.

* WHEN: Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

* ADMISSION: Adults, $8; children 12 and under, including infants, $4.

* INFORMATION: (301) 268-8828.

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