Billed as the largest In-Water, new boat, boat show in the country, the show attracts exhibitors and vendors that cross all markets in the sailboat industry.
This year highlighted an above average number of large Multi-Hull catamarans, some in excess of 80ft long. Many of which are available for charter or time share for the more blue collar sailors among us.
There were also many large mono-hulls to gawk at, including one that had a rear compartment where you could store a full sized inflatable dinghy underneath. See the photo gallery for a picture.
At the other end of the spectrum were smaller trailer sailors, 26ft or less, including the Tattoo 26, which is a close relative of the former Macgregor 26x. The Daughter of the Macgregor family has entered into the business with the new boat, moving forward from where the Macgregor family has left off, stopping production of Macgregor Yachts after more than 40 years and 45,000 boats manufactured. The new Tattoo 26 will be manufactured in Florida, features an aft queen berth, adjustable galley, V-berth, standing headroom, and the go fast ability of a planing hull when a 60hp outboard is utilized.
Also featured was many vendors of every type, including a booth from the Marine Weather Center, manned by Chris Parker, the chief forecaster for said weather center. If you are planning on doing any cruising anywhere from the US East Coast, through the Caribbean, back through the Gulf Coast, check them out for personalized, radio based weather forecasting, routing advice, as well as seminars throughout the country and books for your enrichment.
There is also a movie being made about Matt Rutherfords around the America's solo sailing trip of last year called "Red Dot on the Ocean." More information can be found at http://mattrutherfordmovie.com/. His partner in new adventures, scientist Nicole Trenholm, was manning a booth promoting the new movie, and their new project together, the oceanresearchproject.org. This project teams up Matt and Nicole whereby they sail to a research area of the ocean, most recently tackling the large plastic debris field that is floating around in the Atlantic Ocean, take samples and do research. They have also sailed the Chesapeake Bay extensively to research Oyster beds and habitat.
As always, Bob Bitchin of the magazine Cruising Outpost was there at the Crusingoutpost.com booth, telling stories of how they were able to use fundable.com to bring the sailing vessel Lost Soul back into the family as a charter boat, getting more than 100 fans to donate upwards of $250,000 in order to buy back the legendary boat featured in his book. "Letters from the Lost Soul" whereby Bitchin took five years to sail all over the world and wrote snippets back, which formed the basis for the book.
For more information about the United Sailboat Show, and next years edition, go to www.usboat.com.