2010 Paris boat show

December 9, 2010
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Here’s a quick glance at some of the new boats that Cruising World senior editor Bill Springer checked out over at the Paris boat show. Not all of these new models will make it over to the states by our fall boat shows, but the ones that do will have a good helping of Euro-style.


Beneteau made a big splash with the Sense 50 in Annapolis, and they had a big party (complete with moody french singer and several smoke machines) to celebrate the launch of the Sense 43 in Paris. Bill Springer


Jeanneau is building on the success of the quick and sexy Sun Odyssey 409 with the launch of the new Sun Odyssey 439.



Hanse launched their 495 in Paris. Check out the slab sides and the stylish hull ports. Good to see designers coming up with new looks.


The J/108 was a new American design in Paris. Bill Springer


The cool thing about visiting European boatshows is that you run into all sorts of interesting boats, like the Tricat pictured here, that we just don’t seem to see over here in the States.


The French love their metal cruising boats like this sturdy double-keeler. Now this will stand up to the worst an offshore storm can deliver and its own two keels at the boatshow (or on a sand bar).


I love this little screamer. Now unless you’re a bearded Frenchman, you’ll probably not take this on a cruise across the Pond. But you could if you don’t mind sacrificing some cruising comforts–like standing headroom. Check out the plexiglas bubble for seeing sail trim from the “comfort” of down below. To the Sea!



Did anyone say shallow water freindly?



here’s a little gunkholer that you could easily spend the weekend on.



There were lots of these flat, sexy daysailers with big cockpits over there. Would be a great boat for a harbor cruise with a couple of friends.


paris 17

No freeboard, dual rudders, small cuddy cabin. Oooh la la.


Now that’s a sexy stern. Vive la France.

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