Annapolis 2015 Photo Album
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.