Oddly enough, the country's oldest and largest in-the-water powerboat show is held in Annapolis, which terms itself America's Sailing Capital.
But for four days this month -- Oct. 14-17 -- the United States Powerboat Show will fill the city dock and adjacent harbor with more than 400 of the newest and best vessels offered by U.S. and foreign builders.
Nearly a half-mile of floating docks will be packed with multi-boat displays, including a special trawler section formed in response to consumer interest in these easily handled, economical vessels.
Among the trawler models at the show are: Independence 50, Nordhavn 50, Kady Krogen 48 and 39, Sabreline 47, Grand Banks 43, 42 and 38, Nordic Tug 42 and 37, Eagle 40, Pacific 37, Monk 36 and the brand new Pacific Seacraft 38.
Power catamarans also will have a separate section for these two-hulled boats that range from 20-foot sport or fishing boats to the 46-foot Transcat. Brand new for this show is the Venturer 44, an Australian cat with twin 300- horsepower diesels.
In all, including boats on shoreside exhibits, more than 700 craft will be on display, from a 16-footer built by Seagull Marine to Riva 70 Dolce Vita.
But the heart of the Annapolis show is the big, gold plater motor yachts and sportfishermen.
Among the gold platers scheduled for the show are: Alden 56, Carver 530, Fleming 55, Hatteras 50, 60 and 65, Navigator 53 and 48, Neptunis 54 and 55, Ocean Yacht 45, 53 and 60 supersports, Sunseeker 47 and 48, Whisperjets from Ted Hood and Fairline, Ocean Alexanders and several other major builders.
Picnic boats, traditionally styled express cruisers, also are numerous at the show and available in a range of prices and finishes from production companies to custom builders.
Picnic boats have become increasingly popular in the last few years as mature boaters find they no longer want the rigors of sail or have the need to pack a large family aboard a larger vessel.
Hinckley, Wilbur, Zimmerman, Wasque, Stanley, Legacy, East Bay, Alden, Dyer, Hunt, Sabreline, Mainship and Belkov are among the builders with picnic boat displays.
Powerboat sales have been brisk since the repeal of the boat luxury tax several years ago, and show organizers expect a strong show.
In addition to the 700-plus boats for sale, there are aisles of shoreside displays featuring everything from financing to docking bumpers. Buy a boat, shop the nautical mall and pick up everything you need except fuel.
At a glance
What: 28th United States Powerboat Show
Where: City docks, Annapolis
When: Trade and VIP day Oct. 14; general admission Oct. 15, 16, 17. Show opens at 10 a.m. daily.
Admission: $25 per person for VIP day; $12 for adults and $6 for all children 12 and under on general admission days.
Parking: Follow signs from Route 50, exit 24 (Rowe Blvd.) to lots. Free shuttle bus to show site.