Sportboats Lead Wave of Imports
New Boats for 2003 (from SW's Oct. '02 issue)
This article introduces these new boats for 2003, with estimated prices listed for sail-away condition, unless stated otherwise. Most of the boats will participate in SW's Boat of the Year contest and are identified by BOTY logos in the article (and at boatshows this fall). Our independent judging panel will include Alan Andrews, the noted west coast designer; Chuck Allen, a 1990 college All-American and manager for North Sails Cruising Direct; and Meade Gougeon, boatbuilder, multihull and iceboat racer, and founder of WEST Epoxy. Contest winners will be announced in the December/January issue. For more info on the boats listed, click on the boatnames to link to each boat's individual preview.
If you like your racing uncomplicated by the extra weight typically found in dual-purpose boats, you'll appreciate these new greyhounds. Lightweight and designed by some of the best speed merchants on the planet, the rebirth of production sportboats is an exciting development for racers.
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are targeted at racers who want not only performance, but also accommodations for cruising. The trend in this group is toward larger, open cockpits and conversion packages that allow racers to leave weighty cruising options ashore. Almost all the boats in our roundup, including all of these racer/cruisers, are fractionally rigged.
The trend in small boats this year is to mix family fun and performance. Vanguard, Catalina, Hobie, and Hunter are among those companies that have new boats designed to follow the family-oriented theme.
We've placed three boats in this category based on their primary purpose-cruising-but all these boats can be set up for racing with performance options. This is a small group, but it covers the greatest price range.
You'll find the large cruising cats built for chartering in Cruising World magazine's new boat preview. We've also placed the beach cats and recreational beach toys in SW's daysailer category. What's left are five multihulls-three cats, and two trimarans-ranging in size from 30 to 51 feet with varying accommodations; all are built for speed.