Each October, the U.S. Sailboat Show attracts the newest and best boats and equipment to the City Dock in Annapolis, lining up the larger yachts along bulkheads and floating docks in an almost incomprehensible display of masts, rigging and bunting.
One boat making its international debut in the Annapolis show, which opens today, will be the Pisces 21, a handsomely finished, full-keel daysailer. The wooden boat with modern equipment will be on display at land exhibit 20B.
Hull No. 1 of the Pisces 21 is so new, said builder Jean H. Beaulieu, that the last coat of varnish was barely dry before the boat was loaded on the truck that brought it south from Classic Boat Shop Inc. in Bernard, Me.
"There's something about a wooden boat -- it's alive," said Beaulieu. "The Pisces 21 was designed by Chuck Paine, and it has some of the old looks and the best in modern engineering."
Pisces 21 isn't for everyone, Beaulieu said. It's open and laden with brightwork, bronze winches and fittings -- and costs $53,000.
"But we've had some interest even though the boat has not been sailed yet," he said. "Hull No. 1 has already been sold and is being shipped to San Francisco."
The Pisces 21 is one of a handful of traditional designs, but the bulk of the show is given over to modern fiberglass boats and yachts, including a slew of catamarans and trimarans, which have a separate display section.
Every major builder of multihulls is represented, including the Atlantic 42, a catamaran with a center cockpit and an aft salon.
Among monohull production companies, Hunter, Catalina, Island Packet, J/Boats, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Compac and several others have multi-boat displays.
Island Packet offers its new 420, C&C; the 121, and Pacific Seacraft a pilothouse model. Beneteau's new, Farr-designed, First 47.7 drew a crowd as soon as the gates opened yesterday.
Among racers at the show, Carroll Marine has its ID35, the new Farr 40 and the Concordia 47 available for inspection.
More than 200 boats will be displayed in the water and another couple of hundred shown on land, and choosing which to see and which to board will be difficult.
In some cases, boats may be boarded only after making an appointment, so plan ahead.
At a glance
What: 30th U.S. Sailboat Show
Where: City Dock, Annapolis
When: Today-Oct. 11. Show opens at 10 a.m. daily
Admission: $12 for adults and $6 for all children 12 and under
Parking: Follow signs from U.S. 50 to Exit 24 (Rowe Boulevard) to lots. Free shuttle to show site.
Pub Date: 10/08/99