Salon Nautique: A Celebration of Sail in the City of Light

CW deputy editor Elaine Lembo is just back with the latest news and photos from a whirlwind tour of boats, gear, and charter vacation companies on the opening day of one of Europe's major boat shows.

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CW was on hand for opening day — and along with it, receptions full of champagne and fresh oysters — of Salon Nautique, one of Europe's major recreational sail and power shows. The event runs through December 15, 2013, at the Porte de Versailles, Paris, France.Elaine Lembo

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Jeanneau representatives, including designer Marc Lombard, celebrate the launch of the Sun Odyssey 349, which will make its U.S. debut at Strictly Sail in Chicago Jan. 23-26, 2014. The boat’s performance features include twin helming stations and rudders; generous accommodations include two or three cabins, head, and functional galley.Elaine Lembo

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Twin rudders, an open transom, and optional dual tiller or wheel steering, plus cabin accommodations, are the trademark of the lightweight Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600. The boat will compete during race week April 10-13, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina, and be on display at the fall 2014 Annapolis boat show.Elaine Lembo

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Dufour Yachts’ vast reception area allowed guests and clients a respite from the crowds at Salon Nautique.Elaine Lembo

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The Dufour 310 Grand Large packs a lot of comfort in a modest monohull, including a forward cabin in the peak that features a door that swings out 180 degrees.Elaine Lembo

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Innovations to the Amel 55 include a collapsible windshield called a cabriolet.

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The Amel’s vast bilge stowage areas offer plenty of room for wine and champagne.Elaine Lembo

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Aventura IV, a Garcia Exploration 45, is the new centerboard monohull for circumnavigator Jimmy Cornell, who will take the boat on a sea trial in Cherbourg, France, before attempting a Northwest Passage transit beginning in July 2014. The new design is the result of a collaboration between Cornell and Garcia Yachting.Elaine Lembo

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Bruno Voisard, CEO of Nautitech Catamarans, poses with CW advertising director Ted Ruegg and a model of the new Open 40 multihull.Elaine Lembo

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The new Facnor double fairlead attaches to the stanchion via Velcro.Elaine Lembo