We talk to Dave Robertson, owner of Gig Harbor Boat Works, about their boats. All the boats they build are modern reproductions – the one on display at the Annapolis Boat Show is based on an 1870s watermans workboat on the Chesapeake known as a melon seed. This new lightweight fiberglass version also includes the same ergonomics as a modern rowing shell as well as a fishermans rig for sailing.
We talk to Chris Hood, founder of CW Hood Yachts, about the CW Hood 32 on display at the Annapolis Boat Show – a beautiful, comfortable day sailor with the finest pedigree.
The Annapolis Boat Show isn’t all about the big monohulls and catamarans. There are plenty of smaller boat on display. These affordable, trailerable, daysailer boats can easily be launched from a dock or a dinghy ramp and are great for learning the fundamentals of sailing and gaining experience on the water. Smaller boats are often more responsive and really enhance your “feel” for sailing, improve your understanding of the wind, and teach you anticipation that you don’t find on much larger heavier boats…
On Friday, during the Annapolis Boat Show, ASA hosted an exclusive luncheon at the US Naval Academy. This was an opportunity for ASA Instructors and ASA Affiliates to meet and talk about sailing. Charlie Nobles, Executive Director of ASA, gave an update on the latest initiatives being implemented by ASA and introduced the guest note speaker, Jonathon Wright, who is Vanderstar Chair on the board of Directors for the US Naval Academy Sailing Program. Wright’s sailing resume includes crewing in five America’s Cup campaigns (and winning three) over 13 years trimming the sails on the 12 Metres “COURAGEOUS” (1974), INDEPENDENCE (1977), FREEDOM (1980), LIBERTY (1983), and STARS & STRIPES (1987).
We talked to Laurent Fabre, president of Beneteau America, about the Annapolis Boat Show, the success of the ASA First 22, and some of their new boats.
We catch up with David from Harken and learn more about this amazing new Assisted Sail Trim system that aims to make short handed cruising much easier. The system include an Auto Tacking package that adjusts the headsail for the new tack while you steer through the maneuver. Auto Trim is the perfect complement to Auto Tacking for easy cruising. Set the initial trim, press the button to engage Auto Trim, and then let the system handle sheeting. The Sail Management package, which will debut in coming seasons, can hoist and douse the main or genoa. Load sensors detect jams and allow the halyard to be eased for safe operation.
Lincoln has been in the marine industry for more than 25 years. In 1994 he was awarded the coveted ASA Outstanding Instructor award. Now in 2015 he works for McMichael Yacht Brokers and is at the Annapolis Boat Show exhibiting the very exciting, very fast, C&C 30…
At this year’s United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis you can experience the joy of sailing with our hands-on First Sail Workshops designed for beginning sailors.
ASA has partnered with Beneteau America and Sailtime to host First Sail Workshops where participants can learn the basics of sailing in a 45 minute classroom session immediately followed by 90 minutes on the water sailing on a new Beneteau ASA First 22.
Find out more from Kristen at SailTime in our short interview…
Learn more about these innovative high performance carbon fiber cruising catamarans including the foiling G4 from Gunboat.
We talk to Steve from Corsair about the Pulse which a SAIL Magazines Best Boats Nominee 2016. He describes some of the advantages of a folding trimaran over some of the other boats on the market. This little 20 footer is targeted towards the family sailor looking for a fast, practical, trailerable sailboat.