Eastern Marine builder brings custom options to Annapolis Grasonville boats offer fishing, cruising flexibility

October 17, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Along G Dock at the U.S. Powerboat Show, among some of the largest craft the marine industry has to offer, lie a pair of smallish boats built by Eastern Marine, the Chesapeake 31 and 27.

While the Grasonville builder's two boats might lack some of the posh and polish of those exhibited by national manufacturers, they are well-fitted and custom built, which allows the buyer to select interiors, power options and electronics before construction begins.

The diesel-powered, high-bowed Chesapeake designs seem well suited to Maryland-style fishing or cruising -- whether traveling off Ocean City to the Hot Dog or Jackspot or running south from Baltimore for a weekend of fishing the mouth of the Potomac.

The builder estimates that the average trip to and from the Hot Dog last summer required only "70 gallons of diesel."

The Chesapeake 27 is advertised with a base price of $45,500, including power. The Eastern Shore firm also offers the 27-footer in a center console model and builds fishing and Down-East style boats from 22 to 35 feet.

Fishing boats and small cruisers are plentiful at the show, which opens to the public today and runs through Sunday evening.

Among the smaller cruiser/fishing boats also are a number of traditional designs, including the Pompano 21 and Acadia 25, a pair of diesel-powered downeasters that will cruise all day in comfort at around 20 knots.

But yesterday many of the crowd in attendance moved among the star manufacturers of the show -- Hatteras, Viking, Ocean, Egg Harbor, Sea Ray, Krogen, Tiara, Hinckley, Hood, Sabreline, Grand Banks and other goldplaters with impressive price tags and extensive gear lists.

Several finance companies and banks have booths at the show, with Anchor Boat Loans, for example, advertising fixed rates as low as 7.99 percent. Loan rates will vary with amount borrowed, term and down payment.

If, after looking at the prices of new boats, a choice is made to spruce up the old boat, engines and gear are for sale in the tents and booths that line the harborside.

And if a used boat seems to be the ticket, several area brokers have exhibits and a quick glance through listings yesterday included interesting possibilities -- from 20-foot day boats to 65-foot motor yachts.

If you're going

What: 26th U.S. Powerboat Show, largest in-the-water fall show in the world

Where: City docks and harbor, Annapolis

When: Today through Sunday. The show opens at 10 a.m. each day.

Admission: General admission is $12 for adults and $6 for all children 12 and under.

Information: Call 410-268-8828

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