For the past several years, each boat show season has strengthened with an increased number of new boats, propulsion and helm operation systems, and electronics. And it looks like this year will follow suit, with manufacturers debuting everything from center consoles to flybridge motoryachts to express cruisers to 90-plus-foot convertibles.
The recession is over. Really. Although the meaning of this statement depends on a number of variables, the sailboat industry is getting used to the thought after enduring and often suffering some lean years.
Builders have incorporated innovations and advanced technologies into their newest boats and are pleased to show them off at this season's boat shows.
“This property is really a garden with a nice comfortable place to live,” Helen Wisdom, of Cushing, Maine, says of her camp-turned-contemporary-cottage at the mouth of Davis Cove and the Meduncook River.
An avid gardener, Wisdom purchased the 1-acre waterfront property at the tip of the Cushing peninsula “because I adore the view,” which encompasses the cove, river and the open waters of Muscongus Bay.
Among the early 20th-century “Grande Dame” summer homes on Martha’s Vineyard stands “Big Bluff,” which the Ivison family has owned since 1969.
“As a kid I had wonderful summers here — swimming, sailing, fishing, hiking, exploring,” says Sterling “Skip” Ivison III, of Maryland, who has summered on Martha’s Vineyard since he was born.
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