Single hulls remain the choice for many Traditional boats continue to capture the imagination and fit the pocketbook

October 11, 1998

The promoters' focus at the United States sailboat and powerboat shows this year is on multihulls. But catamarans and trimarans aside, the bulk of what the in-the-water exhibitors have on display are the traditional, single-hulled vessels that have captured boaters' imaginations and pocketbooks for decades.

Sailboat manufacturers from 16 countries have brought their best shots at the U.S. market to the City Docks in Annapolis, and during the sailboat show, which runs through Monday, it is possible to inspect a microcosm of the yachting world.

Not to be outdone, the lineup for the powerboat show Oct. 15-18 at the same location includes some 400 boats in the water and hundreds more ashore, an array of trawlers, cruisers, sportsfisherman, center consoles, ski boats and day cruisers.

The sailboat show roster includes 14 yachts 50 feet or longer, including the Padanaram Racing 76, a 56-footer from Swan and Osyter, the Santa Cruz 52 and the Sou'wester 52 from the Hinckley Company, the new J/160, Baltic 50 and Ted Hood Pilothouse 51 from Little Harbor Custom Yachts and the Beneteau 50.

The Valiant 50 from Valiant Yachts in Texas is among the new models at the show, along with the Antrim 27 from Ultimate Sailboats, the Maine-built Sabre 452 and the Beneteau 411, which is built in Charleston, S.C.

Beneteau, one of the largest boat builders in the world, will have eight boats at the show.

Among the other sailboat manufacturers with multi-boat displays are Catalina Yachts with eight boats from 25 to 42 feet; Hunter with eight from 28 to 45 feet; J Boats from J/32 to J/24; and Jeanneau America with four models from its Sun Odyssey fleet.

Big boats and large displays are scheduled for the powerboat show as well. Check out the Alden 56 motoryacht, the Fleming 55 and the Hatteras 50, 60 and 65 and three dozen other extraordinary vessels over 50 feet -- and then start working your way down from the yachting stratosphere through a great display of trawlers, cruisers and sportsfisherman.

Along nearly a half-mile of floating docks, virtually every major U.S. manufacturer will be represented, and many will have multi-boat displays.

Viking Yachts, Sea Ray, Carver, Silverton, Cabo, Ocean, Sunseeker, Mainship and a pair of Ted Hood Whisperjets are among the larger cruisers and sportsfisherman on display.

Trawlers will be well represented, too, with an assortment of models from Albin, Legacy, Grand Banks, Nimble, Sabreline, Krogen and Nordic.

If you feel the need for speed, check out the models from Formula, Fountain, Velocity, Black Thunder and other manufacturers.

If you have fishing on your mind, virtually every major manufacturer of inshore and offshore fishing boats has a display -- Albemarle, Shamrock, Wahoo, Aqua- sport, Luhrs, Carolina Classics, Grady White, Mako, Bayliner and a slew of other center-console and walkaround manufacturers.

And for those with a nostalgic bent, a handful of picnic cruisers built with the looks of elegant old day cruisers but using modern technology and equipment will be at the show.

At both shows, hundreds of smaller boats can be examined at shoreside exhibits, along with tented vendors selling financing, insurance, boating gear and accessories and marine services.

Over the course of the show, organizers say, it is possible to find, finance, insure and arrange to outfit your boat of choice.

Just add water and crew.

Pub Date: 10/11/98

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