The 1970 debut of the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland marked a new concept – the first in-water sailboat show in the country. Today, the Annapolis Boat Shows has an unsurpassed reputation for offering the most comprehensive boating exhibitions in the industry. Sailors from all 50 states and over 27 foreign countries descend upon this historic seaport to climb aboard new and premiering boats from top manufacturers around the world.
There is little doubt as to why this location is chosen by these international manufacturers for unveiling their new models, product innovations, and corporate sales programs. Small boats, performance sailboats, multihulls, and innovative monohulls spring from the drawing boards of engineers and designers to line Ego Alley, eagerly awaiting the inspecting eyes of its potential new owners. This year the boat shows will again have an impressive lineup of new and premiering boats.
Climb aboard modern monohulls from Beneteau such as the First 27, Oceanis 40.1, and Oceanis Yacht 54. Fun for families and couples, these sleek cruisers offer unrivaled deck volume and an interior layout that doesn’t sacrifice practicality, performance, or comfort. Dufour will bring their 470 and 61 models. Both combine Dufour’s desire to innovate and their great know-how to provide modernity, simplicity, and elegance at your fingertips. Other notables include the CNB 66, which is making its North American premier at the show, and the Jeanneau Yachts 60 and Sun Odyssey 380.
An impressive array of luxury catamarans will also show up in style. Measuring 20.55m in length overall and spanning three levels with a flybridge is the Lagoon SIXTY 5. Fountaine Pajot introduces its flagship luxury catamarans – the Samana 59 and Isla 40. Together, they set the benchmark for sailing catamarans of their size. The Seawind 1600 Passagemaker is built to the highest standards of a luxury world-class yacht of this size and type, and the Xquisite Yachts X5 PLUS has a new bow design that offers modern looks and a significantly lighter build.
Looking for a versatile and low maintenance option? The show will feature a sailing dinghy – East Coast Sailboats Topaz Fusion. Sail single-handed with just the mainsail, add a jib for the crew, or even row when there is no wind! There is truly something for everyone at this year’s show.
As many in the sailing industry would say, the best way to experience your next boat is in-person, on the water, and with the freedom to give it a test ride. From new boats, tents stocked with the latest gear and accessories, financial institutions ready to make your dream affordable, and charter options for your next vacation to educational opportunities for all experience levels, this weekend is sure to be fun and entertaining for all.