OCT. 12 — While sailboats slipped silently away from City Dock in Annapolis, Md., after being in the limelight last weekend, powerboats are replacing them for the U.S. Powerboat Show , Oct. 11 through Oct. 14.
With a veritable smorgasbord of boats on display from all over the country, one that will be making its debut was born and bred right in Annapolis.
The Eastport 32 is the first boat design by the fledgling Eastport Yacht Co., a $700,000 investment by owners Tom Weaver and Mick Price that started with a sketch on a beer mat over a year ago, according to a news release on www.hometownannapolis.com. There are currently three in production at a going rate of $254,000 each.
Holding true to workboat roots, the designers compare her to a Chesapeake Bay style. At 32 feet, the boat cruises at 30 knots with top speed of 35, powered by twin Volvo-Penta turbo charged D3-190-hp diesels, according to Eastport’s Web Site.
The 32 has a shallow 20-inch draft and its lines reveal a soft, flared bow and moderate aft deadrise. A drop-down tailgate serves as a swim platform. The boat also features an enclosed head, galley and a double-vee berth in the forward cabin.
Organizers have high hopes for attendance this weekend after an estimated 50,000 people attended the sailboat show, according to the Annapolis news release. In addition to powerboats, there will be vendors selling a variety of products as well as free seminars held on Friday and Saturday in the Arnold Room at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel. For more information, visit .
— Elizabeth Ellis