Annapolis 2015 Photo Album

Posted by at 01:03PM - Comments: (5)

They say a photo is worth a thousand words, so I'm not going to drag this one out with boat show blather. Better to offer a few snapshots of the 2015 Annapolis boat show, with a few captions offering some insight into current trends in gear and boats and what's ahead for Practical Sailor.

Jimmy Cornell's aluminum Aventura IV, an Exploration 45 built by Garcia Yacht was for many the highlight of the show. I'll be posting more detailed photos on this pie-in-the-sky expedition vessel next week.


Of all the production boats, Jeanneau had one of the largest fleets and some very aggressive pricing. The sticker prices do not include a lot of "options" and expenses. The cheapest 349 we could find at a dealer in our area was listed at more than $150,000.


Selden has modified the furling system we tested recently. The new system permits the the tack assembly to slide up and down, allowing easier control of sail draft.


We'll be looking at various options for furling-line leads next year. This bolt-on lead on a multihull caught my eye. It seemed like I saw a lot more corrosion on stainless-steel components this year, and this was after someone had spent hours polishing and cleaning. If you have a favorite furler-line lead let us know, so we can test it.


Someone has been reading our study of stitched loops in the October 2014 issue.


Atlantic Yacht Rigging's display of failed rigging components gave sailors a frightening glimpse into the rigger's Little Shop of Horrors.


So that's where dinghies come from.


Our continuing series on SSB radios and equipment drew me toward the many antenna options at the show. Here plastic stand-offs and tie wraps keep the antenna wire away from the backstay.


We're in the process of updating our wood finish report with a new round of testing, so I was interested in what the various builders were using. The caprail on this Gozzard 41 uses Cetol, a durable finish that is relatively easy to maintain but lacks the luster of varnish.


The varnished hull of the J-Class-inspired 90-footer Tempus Fugit drew oohs and ahhs. The finish is Interlux Awlgrip's new product, Awlwood, which we are currently testing (PS Chandlery, October 2014).


Weary from walking, I retreated to the Boatyard Bar & Grill, which boasts the best crab cake sandwich in the world. It was outstanding, but I'm always skeptical of superlatives. If you know a good place to try out next year, let me know.

Comments (5)

Sting Rays truckstop at the eastern shore side of the Bay bridge.
Well the crab cake I had was!

Posted by: DAVE A | October 19, 2014 9:37 AM    Report this comment

Ruke's, Smith Island. Nothing else is close.

Posted by: Unknown | October 18, 2014 9:18 PM    Report this comment

Captain Tyler's Crabhouse in Chrisfield, Maryland has the best crab cakes I've ever had. And I had crab cakes at Boatyard Bar & Grill during the show! (they were very good but didn't beat Captain Tylers)

Posted by: | October 15, 2014 1:03 PM    Report this comment

For the best crab cakes ever, not a sandwich, try Nate's Trick Dog Cafe at 4357 Irvington Rd, Irvington, VA

Posted by: Donald H | October 15, 2014 8:39 AM    Report this comment

Best crab cakes are by BWI airport either G&M or Olive Grove on Hammonds Ferry Road

Posted by: Laurence G | October 15, 2014 8:39 AM    Report this comment

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