By Michaela Watkins
Over the years, the Annapolis Boat Shows have developed a reputation as an excellent venue to debut boats. This year, the Annapolis Powerboat Show (October 5-8) and the Annapolis Sailboat Show (Oct 12-15) will again feature a great selection of premiering boats from manufacturers from around the world.
“There is no better place to search for the perfect vessel for your next adventure than our fall shows,” says Sheila Jones, general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “These cutting-edge models are the result of years of research, engineering excellence, and a commitment from our wonderful exhibitors to providing our show guests with the ultimate on-water experience.”
The best way to experience your next boat is in-person and on the water, and the Annapolis Boat Shows provide attendees the opportunity to climb aboard hundreds of boats. Small boats, weekend cruisers, performance sailboats, innovative center consoles, multihulls, luxury yachts, and modern monohulls spring from the drawing boards of engineers and designers to line Ego Alley, eagerly awaiting the inspecting eyes of boat lovers and potential new owners.
Climb aboard brand-new center consoles such as the Donzi 39VRZ, Contender 26BAY, Sportsman Open 252, the latest Everglades model, as well as the Sportsman 231 Heritage and 232 Open that will both feature the Seakeeper Ride System. The exciting new all-electric Candela C-8 hydrofoil boat will make its Annapolis debut. Brand-new manufacturer Aluminus Ray will show off their latest model, among other exquisite models making their debut such as the Princess V50, Regal LS9, Solara S-310 Sport Coupe, as well as the Fountain 39DX_CS.
Over 300 new powerboats and counting will fill the Annapolis harbor for the Powerboat Show first weekend in October. Dealers will have their booths staffed with dedicated teams of experts to provide information, answer questions, and assist attendees in exploring the features and benefits of each model.
When the Powerboat Show winds down, the powerboats will head south, and the sailboats will take center stage for the Annapolis Sailboat Show, the largest in-water sailboat show in the world. Over 100 sailboats will line the docks and hundreds of colorful flags and banners waving from the masts at City Dock, a sight not to be missed.
“The Annapolis Sailboat Show is the most important event that we have in America for sailboats,” says Eric LeVine, director of Lagoon USA for Groupe Beneteau. “It’s the Super Bowl of sailboat shows, both in terms of the group image and in sales.”
Monohulls making their North American debut include Jeanneau Yachts 55, Aventure 37, Dufour 41, Italia Yachts 12.98 and 14.98, Solaris 44, Hanse 510, and Beneteau Oceanis 37.1 and the RS Toura.
One of the biggest draws will be the 50 plus multihulls from 25 different manufacturers ranging from the tiny Guppy to a 66’ luxury catamaran. Debuting models include the Bali Catsmart, HH44, Seawind 1170, Fountaine Pajot Aura 51, and Aventura 37. Also making their world premier is the highly anticipated Tao 452, a fast and spacious mid-size performance catamaran that is yacht grade in every respect; and the Xquisite 30 Sportcat that features a mini keel to offer convenience when navigating shallow waters.
Over the two weekends, over 650 exhibitors will showcase boats, electronics, engines, boating clubs, sailmakers, charter companies, accessory and equipment providers, foul weather gear, boating clothing, and more. In addition to the impressive boat displays and new products, the fall shows bring a host of educational opportunities, special events, boating celebrities, and marine industry experts. Businesses and restaurants, including the four that open into the Shows, welcome showgoers with open arms.
“It is an exciting time,” said Sheila Jones, General Manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “Annapolis is the place to be and experience the best of the boating life in October. We have over 200 manufacturers from 10 countries exhibiting this year. We can’t wait for opening day.”
Mark your calendars for the Annapolis Powerboat Show (October 5-8) and Annapolis Sailboat Show (October 12-15 ). Tickets are available for advance purchase on the Annapolis Boat Shows website. For more information, visit AnnapolisBoatShows.com.
For a complete list and descriptions of the new and premiering boats at the Annapolis Powerboat Show, visit AnnapolisBoatShows.com/PowerboatShow. For a complete list and descriptions of the new and premiering boats at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, visit AnnapolisBoatShows.com/SailboatShow.