US Boat Show at Annapolis

The United Stated Boat Show at Annapolis recently clewed up and Swans Yacht Sales was in attendance.  We were there at the Catalina Yachts booth, representing Ontario, Eastern Canada and Western New York state.  While we don’t have attendance numbers yet, the show did seem to have good traffic.  The show ran from October 8 to 12 and featured sailboats and related marine accessories and supplies.  There was also a good presence by the charter companies, with quite a few impressive catamarans for consideration.

From Swans, we had Bernie and Jean Luttmer, Malcolm Little and me, Perry Woodman, along with my better half, Cheryl.  Cheryl and Jean did a wonderful job at the Catalina check-in booth, helping out the local dealers.  From Catalina Yachts we were pleased to see Jerry Douglas, VP, chief designer and production guru; along with Sharon Day, VP of Sales; and Patrick Turner, their key systems and operations person.

On the retail sailboat side of things, the usual suspects were all in attendance.  Besides Catalina, the other brands that we see locally were, of course, all there.  But what makes the show special for me and for many of the Canadians we spoke with, was the opportunity to see boats from builders that have no presence in the Great Lakes.  A couple of my favourites were the Oyster 475 and Hylas 63.

While all of that was very entertaining, the most exciting news for me was the introduction of the New Catalina 425.  The newest entry in the 5 Series of Yachts from Catalina looks to be a show stopper.  Although Hull Number 1 is still in production at the factory, Catalina provided a walk-through video with Jerry Douglas describing the layout and key features.  Although unmistakably a Catalina, this one will have some of the sleekest lines we have seen yet from the builder, along with a host of new features.

A more plumb bow, flush mount deck hatches, low profile coachtop, a retractable companionway door, integral hideaway channel for line storage, double ended mainsheet lead to the primary cockpit winches, transom door for access to storage appropriate for a liferaft or fenders, convertible third cabin…it’s a long list of nice features, all with a real purpose and benefit for the owner.

The first 425 will roll off the line in March, and Hull 1 is heading to California for a spring show.  Deliveries after that will start in April.  Based on the level of interest at the Annapolis Show, you will want to get in early to be sailing your C425 at the start of the season!

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