New Boats Abound at the U.S. Sailboat Show

The U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, is under way, kicking off on October 4th and running through Columbus Day on October 8th. Here at Cruising World, that also means the 2013 Boat of the Year competition has begun.

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Earlier this week, CW editor Mark Pillsbury and BOTY director Herb McCormick arrived in Annapolis as the preliminary judging panel to check out the entries for this year's contest. Over the weekend, judges Tim Murphy, Ed Sherman and Alvah Simon will be conducting dockside inspections, and next week, after the show, sail trials will take place on Chesapeake Bay. What follows is a sneak peek at features from the latest fleet of new sailboats for 2013. The BOTY winners will be announced in the January, 2013 issue, so stay tuned. Set-up day at the 2012 U.S. Boat Show in Annapolis, Maryland was damp! This year, "Ego Alley" is the scene of "Vacation Basin," where a host of charter companies are displaying a wide range of cats and monohulls for holidays the world over.

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Hunter 40
Just two months ago, the new Hunter 40 from Marlow-Hunter was still nothing more than a concept on a computer screen. Working feverishly, eight weeks later the boat was ready for the show. Here, Virgin Islands legend Davis Murray puts some finishing touches in the cockpit. Down below, she is a big 40-footer.

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Hunter 40
Just two months ago, the new Hunter 40 from Marlow-Hunter was still nothing more than a concept on a computer screen. Working feverishly, eight weeks later the boat was ready for the show. Here, Virgin Islands legend Davis Murray puts some finishing touches in the cockpit. Down below, she is a big 40-footer.

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Hunter 40
Just two months ago, the new Hunter 40 from Marlow-Hunter was still nothing more than a concept on a computer screen. Working feverishly, eight weeks later the boat was ready for the show. Here, Virgin Islands legend Davis Murray puts some finishing touches in the cockpit. Down below, she is a big 40-footer.

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Catalina 315
The latest Catalina, the 315, is a roomy boat for its size. The ample cockpit is easily negotiated, thanks in part to the Lewmar folding steering wheel.

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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 509
Jeanneau has a pair of full-size cruisers they are introducing for 2013. The larger of the pair (along with the 41 DS) is the sleek, powerful looking Sun Odyssey 509.

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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41 DS
One of the flashier paint jobs spotted on the docks of Annapolis belonged to the eye-catching Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41 DS.

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Harbor 30
From California builder W.D. Schock comes this nifty pocket cruiser, the Harbor 30, complete with a self-tacking jib boom fashioned from aluminum with a carbon-fiber "elbow."

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Harbor 30
From California builder W.D. Schock comes this nifty pocket cruiser, the Harbor 30, complete with a self-tacking jib boom fashioned from aluminum with a carbon-fiber "elbow."

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Beneteau First 20
Beneteau has several new full-fledged cruising boats ready for inspection (the Oceanis 48, the Sense 46, and the Sense 55) and one very catchy diminutive racer/cruiser, the First 20, complete with twin rudders.

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Tartan Fantail
Some of the most interesting new boats for 2013 are small ones, including the 26-foot Tartan Fantail, a sweetie that comes in three versions: daysailer (pictured), weekender, and trainer.

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Dufour 36
With its open transom and twin wheels, the dual-purpose Dufour 36 will be a force on the racecourse , but also a great boat for a family cruise after the regatta.

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S&S 30
Yet another cool near-shore cruiser is the S&S 30, an adaptation of a design by legendary naval architect Olin Stephens.

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Moody 41
With twin wheels, an enlosed cockpit, and a versatile drop-down transom, the Moody 41 is ready for action and adventure.

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Vintage 43
From Rivolta Yachts comes the Vintage 43, a prototype with classic lines.