The BIG Questions To Ask At The US Sailboat Show!

We know how it is! You get in front of the dealer and you have had all these questions racing through your mind, but when you get there you’ve lost them! It’s no wonder, you’ve looked at how many boats now?!? The brain just can’t keep all of that information together, so we have created a list for you to refer to. This list contains the hard-hitting questions that you should be asking at the Annapolis Sailboat Show!


Question #1

Does the price include freight and commissioning, for example….transportation to the dealership, make-ready, bottom paint, ready to sail away?

You want to be sure that you have all the numbers laid out for you, so that you can really grasp what the final price will be.

Question #2

Realizing that the best deals of the year are made here at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, how long is the Boat Show Special good for after the show ends?

Everyone looking to buy a boat at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, or soon after, are looking to get the Boat Show Deal. Therefore, you want to make sure that if you decide to go home that Monday night and sleep on it, that you will be getting the same good deal as you would have at the show!

Question #3

How much deposit is required to make a deal here at the Boat Show?

Ask your dealer how much money you need to put down in order to make a deal on that New Boat.

Question #4

Obviously we can’t sea trial the new boat here at the show.  Is there a way we can have a sea trial on the new boat before we commit to purchase?

If the dealer has a boat in stock they may invite you to Sea Trial it after the Annapolis Boat Show. However, refer back to Question #2 because you don’t want to miss a deal

Question #5

Talking about the price list for the optional equipment, what equipment is factory installed and what equipment is installed at the dealership?

A lot of times, options that people are looking for already come standard, or they may even be included in a package at a discounted rate. Ask about your must-haves and find out all the details.

Question #6

What is the warranty on the new boat and how long is it in effect?

Warranties differ for each manufacturer. Ask your dealer what is covered under warranty and how long it will last.

Question #7

What kind of financing is available for a new boat and what’s the length of term?

Dealers normally have many contacts in the Marine Financing Industry and can help you find the best rates for you. Ask about the rates, length of terms, and whether there are any pre-payment penalties or closing costs to be sure that you are getting the Financing you think is best for you.

Question #8

Do you take trades on new boats and what is the process?

Many Dealers are different when it comes to Trade-Ins, so first find out whether they accept/consider trades, and then give them as much info as you can on the boat to see where you can go from there. It’s helpful to even come prepared with some photos and a write-up of your current boat.

Question #9

If I place an order for a new boat today, when can we expect delivery?

Depending on the builder, timelines for delivery vary. Your Dealers will already have an idea of when you can expect to have your New Boat.

Question #10

Where will delivery of the new boat take place?

Maybe you live on a lake or on the West Coast; ask the Dealer where the boat will be delivered, and how it can get to you along with the cost.

Question #11

What kind of factory and dealer support can we expect after we take delivery?

You want to know that you will be taken care of once you make  deal on a New Boat, so this is one of the biggest questions! You want to make sure that you are dealing with a highly reputable dealer that will be there for you from beginning to end and long after.


Stay tuned for more posts leading up to the Annapolis Boat Show, as well as a FREE Downloadable and Printable Guide!

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Norton Yachts is giving away FREE US Sailboat Show Tickets

To One Lucky Winner!

The countdown to the 2016 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland has begun!! The event will take place on City Dock in Annapolis October 6-10, 2016, and Norton Yachts will be giving away two FREE US Sailboat Show Tickets to one lucky winner!

Every October, Boaters from all over gather in Annapolis for the US Sailboat Show to see what’s NEW in the world of Sailing, to get the Best deals of the year on a Brand New Boat while sipping a Painkiller from Pusser’s ;)

The US Sailboat Show began back in 1970 and has grown tremendously, and is now known as the largest In-Water Sailboat Show in the US!

With the most well-known boat manufacturers coming to the event, visitors have access to just about every make and model they can think of, making comparison shopping easier than ever.

The US Sailboat Show also features many seminars, a Brokerage Cove, Vacation Basin, and tons and tons of On-Land Exhibitors showing off their merchandise as well as offering their services.

The US Sailboat Show in Annapolis is such an electric event, and Norton’s is always proud and excited about being a part of it. We look forward to seeing you all out there!



1) Shoot over to Norton’s Facebook Page, and if you haven’t already liked us on Facebook, hit that Thumbs Up FREE US Sailboat Show Ticket Giveaway!

2) Keep watching our Facebook Page leading up to the Boat Show, and whenever you see us post with the hashtag #USSAILBOATSHOW, like and share that post.

3) The more posts you like and share, the more opportunities to win a FREE Pair of Tickets to the US Sailboat Show!

4) Check back on our Facebook Page on Friday, September 30th to see if you are announced as the winner!

Part Two- Carolyn & Whitney Go To France: Le Poire Factory Tour

On day 3 of our trip to France we toured the Le Poire Factory where the Jeanneau 64s are being built.

This was by far the most educational and interesting tour! During our time in the factory, we were able to see how the yacht series was built from step one all the way to the final step before loading them to be shipped to their very lucky new owners.

Having the opportunity to see this process, prepares us even more to show you guys why Jeanneau is such a fantastic boat.

From the processes in which they “lay” their fiberglass to the way they join the deck to the hull, these boats have been thought out and planned to the T, to build a boat of the highest quality, which is even more evident in their happy customer base.

We left France even more proud (if possible) to carry this superior line of yachts, and so excited to share the phenomenal, and always growing, Jeanneau brand with you all!

We look forward to getting together with all our Jeanneau friends again this October at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis!

À plus, Jeanneau! 



Part one- Carolyn & Whitney go to France: NEW Jeanneau 51

With 3 days packed of gorgeous boats and factory tours, we left France awestruck by the whole Jeanneau team and their outstanding brand.

Happy 60th Birthday, Jeanneau!

Happy 60th Birthday, Jeanneau!

On the second day of the meeting, we made our way to the Les Herbiers Factory, where we saw the NEW Jeanneau 51, the newest addition to the Jeanneau Yacht Series, and let us tell you, she is an absolute stunner!

The exterior of the boat provides the same style, comfort, and performance as her sisters, the 64 and 54. Aft facing lounge seats on both sides of the companionway that harmonize with the cockpit seating make for a comfortable place for two people to stretch out and enjoy their coffee. Also, there are two lounge chairs integrated into the swim platform, to provide a separate lounging space, and a comfortable retreat from the water after a swim.

The large cockpit table is entertainment headquarters with holders for your wine and champagne bottles, refrigerator, cup holders, and a removable plateau that can be used as a serving tray to bring out hors d’oeuvres. This cockpit table also provides a home for a life raft!

The Jeanneau 51 is offered in three possible layouts including a 3 cabin version with a master cabin forward, a VIP cabin aft, and a third smaller guest cabin. Below you find all the rich qualities of the Yacht Series including the options of different upholsteries and wood combinations. You also have tons of aesthetically pleasing and useful storage, including an optional wine cellar below a floorboard. The U-shaped galley is the perfect place to prepare a meal to entertain at the large dinette below, or the cockpit table above.

We were so pleased with the design of the Jeanneau 51, and we know it’s going to be a popular boat on the Chesapeake Bay as a luxury yacht with a shoal draft of just 5’ 8”.

The Jeanneau 51 will make her debut in the US in February at the Strictly Sail Miami Show.

So who wants to get their orders in??


Happy customers all around!

Love these happy faces!

Jeff and Barb loved their 1977 Hunter 27 for years, and the boat was family, but after attending the 2015 Annapolis Sailboat Show and seeing the NEW Jeanneau 349, they knew they had to have it!

It was hard to say goodbye to the Hunter 27 because she had been so good to them, but they were excited to start new adventures on their 349.

Well, the little red 27 sold, and sailed away with her new owners Brynn and Chuck.

A couple months passed and low and behold! Who pulls into the same marina as Jeff and Barb?!? The happy new owners of their 27!

So happy to see them enjoying the boat, Jeff and Barb had to snag a photo with them!

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It’s moments like these that we love about the boating community! Everyone is always so happy and friendly, and when you’ve traded in a boat that you’ve loved so much, it’s nice to know that she’s in good hands with good friends!


Helping you find the boat of your dreams!

Let us help you find the boat of your dreams!

We helped this wonderful customer find a gorgeous Boston Whaler, and he couldn’t be happier!

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Our brokers can find you the perfect boat that matches your criteria to a T! If you have your heart set on a specific boat, then contact one of our brokers to let them know what you are looking for, and let them go to work for you!

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2016 Top Items for your boat

2016 Top Items for your boat

One of the most popular posts we’ve done is our top items for your boat, so we decided to do a new list for 2016 with some fresh, new items!

1) A Fender Step

This dual purpose fender makes boarding your boat in a tight spot much easier! It can be tied onto the bow, stern, or side of the boat to avoid making a leap for it.



2) External Bow Thruster

External bow thrusters are becoming a popular project for many boat owners. With the ability to get control at the dock without cutting into your hull, you’re able to save on some labor costs, too.

This is an external thruster that was installed on a customer’s Hunter 41.

Call Ian for details! 804-776-9211



3) A Garden for your Mast

This cylindrical system allows you to grow your salads right on your boat with no soil. We’re not sure on the cost of this item, but we feel some of our engineer friends out there could probably find a cool DIY project in this.


4) Handheld Thermal Camera

The Ocean Scout Handheld Thermal Camera from Raymarine is a rugged, compact thermal night vision camera that lets you see other vessels, landmarks, buoys, and floating debris in total darkness. Call Janice to order! 804-776-9211



4) LED Distress Signals

Unlike traditional flares, this electric flare never expires which solves the challenge of flare disposal. This floating LED marine flare can be hand-held, tethered, or hoisted aloft. It runs up to 60 hours, unlike traditional flares which last minutes or less. Complies with all U.S. Coast Guard requirements for “Night Visual Distress Signals” as found in the Code of Federal Regulations: 46 CFR 161.013



5) Hypervent Condensation Preventer

HyperVent is the most practical solution for the prevention of dampness (condensation) forming beneath boat beds. HyperVent is a special material that consists of a white spun polymer woven into a large open configuration that is bonded to a breathable white fabric layer.




Honorable Mention: This contraption!

Hahahaha! This Hot Tub Tug Boat is just too hilarious not to post!


 For the previous Top Items for your boat article, Click Here!

Safety Equipment Checklist

Safety Equipment

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Prior to your Spring Launch/Boating Season, one of the things you should check is that you have all your required safety equipment on board. What are you required to have on your boat?

  • “All recreational vessels must carry one wearable life jacket for each person on board . Any boat 16 feet and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable (Type IV) device .”


  • “Vessels operating on U .S . coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and territorial seas, as well as those waters connected directly, up to a point where the waterway is less than two nautical miles wide, must be equipped with U .S . Coast Guard-approved visual distress signals (VDS) .”


  • “U .S . Coast Guard-approved, marine-type fire extinguishers are required on boats where a fire hazard could be expected from the engines or fuel system .”

  • “Boats that use gasoline for electrical generation, mechanical power, or propulsion are required to be equipped with a ventilation system .”


  • “Gasoline engines installed in a motorboat or motor vessel after April 25, 1940, except outboard motors, must be equipped with an acceptable means of backfire flame control .”


  • “Navigation Rules require sound signals to be made under certain circumstances .”


  • “Recreational vessels are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of restricted visibility (fog, rain, haze, etc .)”



    If any of the above items were a surprise to you or left you with questions, then a USCG Vessel Safety Check may be your next step. To find out more about Vessel Safety Checks, click here!

Dewinterization Checklist

Your Dewinterization

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It’s finally the day that you’re ready to launch and take your boat over to her home slip! You’ve scheduled your ride, you’ve made sure you have all the proper equipment on board, and she’s in the travel lift! Now what?

Well, Norton’s Marine Service Center will run through their dewinterization checklist to make sure you are good to go! However, if you’re the kind of guy or gal that likes to take things into your hands, we’ve made a quick rundown of our checklist.

  • The oil should be changed before winterization, but if it wasn’t now is the time to do so!

  • Use a battery tester to check amps and volts, and if they need to be replaced, do so.

  • …and be sure to check for cracks in hoses.

  • Just do a quick overview of the boat’s systems, belts, etc. Make sure there aren’t any items that need to be addressed before your trip to home base.


Norton’s Service Team always takes care of their customers during Spring Launch to ensure everyone has a smooth start to their boating season. Let’s get Splashing!

Your Spring Launch Checklist

Your Spring Launch

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Norton’s Travel lift is outside humming a beautiful tune that goes a little something like this!

With Spring just around the corner, it’s time for launching boats and getting ready for Boating Season! How can you ensure that you have a smooth launch this Spring?

Plan in advance! Check out the list below for some Pre-Launch Tips!


  • This should be done pretty well in advance because this time of year everyone is itching to get out on the water. Make sure you and the Service Yard have coordinated a time that works for you both.  Remember, if you have a slip on Broad Creek, let us know that you’d like your boat slipped for you. We will arrange to do so.

  • There’s a few options for this! If you slip your boat outside of Deltaville, you’ll need to leave a car at your slip, arrange a ride with a friend, rent a car, or even have Uber give you a ride. There is a local Taxi service now that you can call and make arrangements in advance. Ask Norton’s for the number. Norton’s has a loaner vehicle for local use and it stays in demand. We have outlined some convenient options but some are also costlier. Decide which option one works best for you, and let us know if we can assist. It always helps to plan in advance.

  • Giving your marina notice may get you an extra dockhand to help upon your arrival!

  • There are plenty of templates out there, but here is one for example. It’s always best to have a float plan for safety far when you transit long distances.

  • Making sure all your safety equipment is accounted for and operable is the best way to have a worry-free boating season.

These are just a few things that can be done in advanced to make sure your Launch goes smoothly this year! So let the splashing begin!