Fast-moving catamarans dock at sailboat show in Annapolis

ON THE OUTDOORS

October 08, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The United States Sailboat Show begins a four-day run tomorrow in Annapolis with hundreds of boats in the water and ashore along the City Dock -- including the largest display of catamarans and trimarans ever assembled for a show.

The queen of the five-day show is Nemo Suagligua, a Nautitech 82 Pro built by Dufour Yachts. The Nemo has eight double cabins with a head in each, an innovative salon, extremely large cockpit and a multimillion-dollar price tag.

According to show organizers, catamarans in the 30- to 36-foot range are the fastest-growing segment of the multihull market because they are easily handled, outfitted for living aboard and safe in virtually any sea conditions.

Michael Stevens of Chesapeake Catamaran Center in Annapolis, said, "Five years ago, 8 percent of the market was multihulls. Last year, it was up to 14 percent."

Among the popular catamarans at the show will be the Gemini 105M, built by Performance Cruising of Annapolis. Sue Smith of Performance Cruising said the 105M is an updated version of the Gemini the company has been building in Maryland since the 1980s.

Other new cats at the show are: Privilege 465, Lagoon 470, Catana 431, Prout 38, Moorings 3800, EndeavourCat 34, and Maine Cat 30.

While there are more multihulls than ever at the show, the bulk of the dealer and manufacturer displays are traditional monohulls, including the luxurious and new Swan 56, Oyser 56 and Hylas 54.

Among the other new models are: Beneteau 50, Westerly 49, Morris 48.6, Wauquiez 48, Catalina 470, Moody 46, Bennet 46 Mark II, Westerly Ocean 43, Cabo Rico 40, X-412, J/125, Island Packet 380, Beneteau First 40.7, Dufour Classic 38, C&C XPress 110, X-362 Sport and One Design 35.

The show opens at 10 a.m. through Monday. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

Virginia Invitational

Two-time BASS Masters Classic winner George Cochran of Hot Springs, Ark., won the $213,000 Bassmaster Virginia Invitational fished on Kerr Reservoir last week.

Cochran's three-day total of 41 pounds, 6 ounces was more than 5 pounds ahead of runner-up Jim Bitter of Fruitland Park, Fla.

Cochran said his best success during the tournament came in shallow water, where he made long casts to stumps in 3 feet of water or less with a shallow-running Strike King Series 4 crankbait.

"The key was really finessing those stumps with the crankbait on each cast," Cochran said. "I got hung up about 50 percent of the time, but that was just something I had to deal with in order to reach these fish."

Maryland finishers included Earnest Freeman (46) and Michael Grant (47) of Waldorf, Robert Vogelsang (63) of Jessup, Brian Bielski (70) of Hughesville and Mike Camaller (285) of Baltimore.

Blackfin tuna record

Bob Zang of Forest Hills has set state record for blackfin tuna with a 32-pounder caught Sept. 20 off Ocean City. Zang's catch surpasses the record of 31 pounds set only days earlier.

Fishing updates

Upper Chesapeake: The Cecil County Upper Bay Striped Bass Tournament was held Saturday, and the $10,000 first prize was won by Marty Hall of Elkton, who caught his winning 15-pound, 2-ounce rockfish far to the south off Parker's Creek on Capt. Bob Bean's Margaret B out of Chesapeake Beach. According to the Department of Natural Resources, big rockfish are scarce in the upper bay, with only a handful being caught by anglers drifting eels at Sparty's Lump and Tea Kettle Shoals, and by trollers and jiggers working the western shore edges from Belvedere Shoals to Sandy Point. Waters are still warm, and big rockfish have been moving into the shallows of the Patapsco and Chester rivers in the evening.

Middle Chesapeake: The Stone Rock, Diamonds and Gooses have been good locations for for chummers, with rockfish to 22 inches and a few exceeding 30 inches. Trollers are getting larger fish from Chesapeake Beach to Parker's Creek, but catches are few. Bluefish plentiful but scattered, and white perch action continues to be steady from Thomas Point Light to Tolley Point. Eastern edges from buoy 84 to 80 and False Channel are excellent choices for flounder.

Lower Chesapeake: Steady action for rockfish at Point No Point Light, the edge at Buoy 72 and the Eagle's Nest. Bluefish on the move, but a good bet on the Middle Grounds, with Spanish mackerel at Smith Point and the Southwest Middle Grounds. Spotted sea trout fishing has been hot in the Honga River and along the edges of Smith and Southmarsh islands.

Pub Date: 10/08/98

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