Power fills boat vacuum in Annapolis


The U.S. Sailboat Show will close its four-day run at the city docks in Annapolis tomorrow evening, and once the hundreds of boats on display are moved out, the exhibitors for the U.S. Powerboat Show will begin to move in to prepare for its opening on Friday.

For this year's powerboat show, there will be an emphasis on sportfishermen, their tactics and their boats. According to show organizers, more than a third of the 350 new boats in the show will be fishing boats, from center consoles to a 47-foot Viking convertible that cruises at 29 knots.

New to the show will be a sportfishing expo sponsored by Saltwater Sportsman magazine. The expo will include exhibits of fishing equipment, tackle and accessories, charter company promotions and a free series of seminars.

George Poveromo, senior editor of Saltwater Sportsman, will lead the seminar series, and designers from Viking Yachts will discuss new trends in sportfishing boat design and how to choose the right boat for particular types of fishing.

Keith Walters, former rockfish state record holder and author, will lead sessions on catching Chesapeake Bay rockfish.

The seminars will be free, but reservations are required. Call (410) 267-7205 or sign up at the Saltwater Sportsman booth.

Show organizers say there will be 20 percent more boats on display this year, including everything from trailer-able outboard boats to the 80-foot Baia B-80 express cruiser, a $2.9 million vessel that can hit 50 mph.

Express designs are among the latest trends in powerboats, and may signal a return to the classic lines of boats that cruised during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Belkov Yacht Carpentry of Annapolis will have on hand a 34-foot Hooper Island Draketail. Freedom Yachts will have the Legacy 34 and 40. Other express designs include the 33-foot Whisperjet from Ted Hood, the Saberline 36, Duffy & Duffy custom 48 and the Eastbay 39 from Grand Banks.

Virtually every major manufacturer will be represented, with many displaying their full lines. Viking and Hatteras, for example, will have eight and seven boats on hand, respectively, ranging from 39 to 60 feet.

Making its debut at the show will be the Charger 40, an electric-powered yacht built by Clearwater Electric Boats that its designers say has the option of cruising while an on-board generator charges its 19-to 48-horsepower engine. The boat is said to have a 266-mile range at 6 knots on 18 gallons of diesel fuel.

Also, this year the show will have a new section that includes replicas of antique mahogany runabouts and cruisers, including

the Boesch 680 and Costbabrva Runabout from Switzerland, Hacker-Craft 30 and 32, Kestral 34 and the Grand Craft Commuter.

Facts and figures

What: United States Powerboat Show

Where: City docks, Annapolis

When: Friday through next Sunday, 10 a.m. opening each day

Admission: $11 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under

Parking: Shuttle bus service from parking area off Rowe Boulevard (Exit 24 south from Route 50)

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