A New Attitude

A new boat show season is upon us and with it comes a strong crop of new sailboats.

What will be shown at the docks reflects the new design trends, such as hulls with hard chines that have trickled down from racing to cruising boats and versatile rigs with smaller overlapping headsails and control lines that are discreetly routed to unclutter the decks. There will also be boats that serve multiple purposes as racers, daysailers and sail trainers to give owners the most bang for their buck.

One of the better stories won’t be about a particular model, but the rescue of Hunter Marine from bankruptcy by Marlow Acquisitions. “With this behind us, it is time to shift all our resources to get back to the task at hand, building and marketing boats,” Hunter president John T. Peterson says of the turnaround that coincided with the company’s 40th anniversary. Hunter is expected to exhibit Oct. 4-8 at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis.

Here is a sampling of the new sailboats that will be at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis this week, and the Miami International Boat Show (Feb. 14-18).

Courtesy of www.soundingsonline.com

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