Find the Sailboat of Your Dreams
Sponsored by Jeanneau
This is an opportunity to demo two sailboats of your choice, compare one against the other, fast track your boating buying knowledge, and narrow the search for your new boat.
Take the Wheel is an on-and-off water learning experience. The morning session covers sailboat design, how to maximize your boating pleasure, and budget. In the afternoon you’ll sail aboard your choice of two out of eight yachts and have a chance to get a stem to stern look with wind in the sails. Find the best boat for your personal sailing needs. Demo various sizes and styles of sailboats. Choose from four monohulls and four catamarans. Experts will be on board to answer your specific questions.
Author and around-the-world sailor Ralph Naranjo presents the morning seminar which includes an overview of sailboat design and operation and offers insight into ownership. Using material from his book, The Art of Seamanship, Mr. Naranjo will help you find the best boat for your specific sailing plans.
Regardless of whether you plan to day sail on the Chesapeake Bay, cruise close to home, or to fulfill a dream to sail off into the sunset, Take the Wheel is a worthy launch site.
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- Morning instruction by renowned expert and author Ralph Naranjo
- Afternoon on-the-water sailing experience
- Opportunity to sea trial two catamarans and monohulls of your choice
- Continental breakfast and lunch
- Top off your day with a complimentary PainKiller at the famous Pusser’s Caribbean Grill
- Choice of dates: Friday, October 5th, Saturday, October 6th, and Sunday, October 7th
- Multi-day admission ticket to United States Sailboat Show
- Complimentary one year basic BoatU.S. membership – $30 Value
The following boats are from our 2017 Take the Wheel program.
Monohulls provided by Jeanneau
Sun Odyssey 389 | Length: 38’6” | Beam: 12’4” | Cabins: 2/3
Comfortable, spacious and seaworthy are the watchwords for this Sun Odyssey. Incorporating the latest, most innovative technology of the line, the Sun Odyssey 389 offers speed, stability and good seakeeping along with ample storage and livability.
Sun Odyssey 479 | Length: 47’4” | Beam: 14’8” | Cabins: 3/4
With an ergonomic design, interior volume and attention to detail, the Sun Odyssey 479 benefits from the most recent innovations. Her elongated hull lines and moderate freeboard lend the Sun Odyssey 479 an attractive aesthetic and deliver an exceptional performance at sea.
Sun Odyssey 519 | Length: 51’8” | Beam: 15’4” | Cabins: 3/4/5
Pure elegance, seaworthy qualities and unequaled comfort describe the Sun Odyssey 519. This spacious sailboat offers a high functionality and aesthetic appeal.
Sun Odyssey 419 | Length: 41’10” | Beam: 13’1” | Cabins: 2/3
Designed by Philippe Briand, she offers a refined style, with elegant lines and a bright interior. Integrating all the latest improvements and key innovations of the Sun Odyssey line, this 41 foot sailboat is fast and easy to maneuver.
Lagoon 450 – Replacing a catamaran that has come to be seen as a benchmark is no easy task. But the VPLP architects, in partnership with Lagoon and the celebrated Nauta Design studio, have been brilliantly successful in creating the 450.
Lagoon 420 – This innovative cruising cat combines great liveaboard accommodations with thoroughly modern sailing and powering systems. Spacious interior with an excellent panoramic view! Comfortable living, and easy to handle.
Admiral 40 – Celtic Yachts is a premier yacht building company located in Cape Town, South Africa manufacturing luxury bluewater catamarans. They have a global reputation for soundly built catamarans that are manufactured with attention to detail.
Gemini Freestyle 37 – The Gemini Freestyle 37 is a completely new concept in boat design and customization. This new design provides the platform on which to build your sailing dreams – tailored however you see fit.