It is undoubtedly the ultimate North American sailing event. We are talking about the Annapolis Boat Show, where we arrived today, its opening day, and which will run through Monday, October 13. Annapolis is historically one of the cult places of American boating (the historic home of the U.S. Naval Academy is located here), and not surprisingly, it is the site of as many as six boat shows throughout the year. This is its 45th edition, making it the longest-running boating event in the States.
European shipyards are once again fiercely challenging the U.S. market this year, also buoyed by the positive signs of last season and the slight growth forecast for the coming months. The research “The sailing market 2014. The state of the industry“ pointed out that in 2013 there was a real record of imports: +55% compared to 2012 among which 35% are multihulls.
THE MARKET FOR “IMPORTED”
A growth that has convinced old-world shipyards to continue in their effort to “conquer America.” Beneteau, to give one example, comes up with as many as nine models, Hanse with five, Bavaria with six. But in the lead is once again (we had already seen this last year) Jeanneau with eleven boats. Lagoon and Fountaine Pajot, with their catamarans, are also present. The charter market is booming across the ocean, and the two main competitors have no intention of giving up the challenge. Unfortunately, however, models of Italian shipyards are lacking.
A GEM MADE IN USA
But the Annapolis boat show is also an opportunity to get a live look at some boats that are real legends in these parts and are not featured in the Mediterranean. An example? The Morris M29 X-Type, a daysailer with classic lines made in conjunction with the Sparkman&Stephens studio. But only the lines are from another era! In fact, this version has a Hall Spars carbon rigging and state-of-the-art 3Di North Sails. At 8.90 meters long and 2.25 meters wide, it has a high righting moment, guaranteed by a draft of as much as 2.11 meters.