The Star Players at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis

and what will be premiering!


The 2015 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis will have over 30 exhibitors this year, but 2 in particular are going to be drawing the most attention!


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Jeanneau America

Jeanneau wowed the crowds on City Docks last year with the largest display of any of the exhibitors! They aren’t holding back this year either, presenting their NEW and Improved Sun Odyssey Line which features everyone’s favorite from last year: the Jeanneau SO 349. Also, debuting at the show will be Jeanneau’s new 54 from the Jeanneau Yachts line, alongside a 57 and making its debut in America is the Jeanneau 64!
Jeanneau will be firing up the crowd with their display on Dock F1!



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Marlow Hunter

Marlow Hunter has been steadily producing NEW models over the past couple of years. The Marlow Hunter 37 and 31 were real crowd-pleasers last year, and now this year, they are expecting to bring up their NEWEST baby, a Marlow Hunter 47! This Yacht is going to be turning some heads on the docks this year! It’s like nothing you’ve seen out of the Marlow Hunter lineup before! Another head-turner will be the Marlow Hunter 50 Center Cockpit that will be making an appearance at the show. Most are familiar with this yacht, and it has always been a favorite. You’ll find the Marlow Hunter lineup located on A Dock at the US Sailboat Show!

Where to Stay, Park, and Eat at the US Sailboat Show!

Stay, Park and Eat at the US Sailboat ShowWhere to Park-

Eastport Elementary School-


Open 8:00 am, park all day, up 250 spots available : $20 / day / car, SUV, standard truck(tax-deductible fee)
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Check out Parking Panda!

Parking Panda is an app that allows you to see who’s offering parking, and also allows you to reserve a spot!


Where to Stay-

Rental Houses

Many people during the Boat Show, take that time for a small vacation and rent out their homes for the long weekend!

Check for Available Rentals here -


Check out for an easy list of all the local hotels! 


Where to Eat-

Something Quick?

Sofi’s Crepes! 

This place serves up all kinds of yummy crepes for a quick bite to eat at Breakfast or Lunch! Everything from a peanut butter and chocolate crepe to the Kevin Bacon crepe (Turkey, Bacon, Cheese, & Tomatoes with 1000 Island Sauce) <— So, Good!

Happy Hour?

Pusser’s Carribean Grille

A great waterfront restaurant with delicious Fish and Chips and one heck of a little mixed drink ;)

A Delicious Dinner?

McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar

A great place to go in the evening for some good seafood!

An Entertaining Beakfast?

Chick and Ruth’s Delly

Stand up and say the Pledge of Allegiance each morning at 8:30 with the whole restaurant, and then enjoy a big old breakfast!



The Best Tips & Tricks for the US Sailboat Show

Tips and Tricks for the US Sailboat Show

There isn’t a more exciting waterfront than the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Oct. 8-12, 2015! It is the nation’s largest in-water boat show and is sure to be even bigger this year than last year.  If you haven’t gotten your tickets, go online and buy them now to save yourself some time waiting in line at the show.

So, we’ve assembled a few “Tips and Tricks” to help you enjoy the show:

You’ll need more than 1 day to take it all in!

If your time allows, purchase a multi-day pass to get the most bang for your buck. Download in advance or pick up a show map at the gate.

Make your hotel reservations early!

If all of Annapolis is sold out of places to stay, you may want to get a room in Waldorf or another town where your drive in on show day is no more than an hour away.

Parking near the show is pretty IMPOSSIBLE,

so park in the designated lots and ride the bus in to the show.

Proper Shoes!

It probably goes without saying, but wear comfortable boating or non-marking shoes. Be prepared to be asked to remove your shoes prior to boarding.  Moving around decks in hose or slick socks is not recommended.

Be Prepared for Sunny Weather

The weather may be sunny and beautiful, so wear sun glasses, use sun screen, and perhaps wear a hat. If it rains, wear your foul weather gear and rubber boots to keep your feet dry.  There are low lying places around the show perimeter that are prone to flooding. Umbrellas are dangerous to others at a crowded boat show….not to mention, they fly overboard when caught by the wind!

But Also Be Prepared for Rainy Weather

If it is raining, it might be the perfect time to look at the boats you are very interested in. Many show goers head for the tents when it starts raining and the crowds thin out on the docks.  Take this opportunity to look at your favorite boats when it is less crowded. Open lockers, bilges, and ask the dealer your questions.

Map out a Strategy, and also the Restrooms ;)

Very important…..Look at the map and figure out where the porta-lets are! When you need them, you want to know where they are!

Easy Sign in

You’ll be asked to “sign in” at most of the displays. Some people carry envelope return address stickers instead of writing their name on the cards.  Stick a label on it!

Opening Gun!

Get there in time for the opening gun and make a mad dash for the favorite boats on your list to check out. The busiest times during the show tend to be in the afternoon.

Avoid Lines at Lunchtime

If you are there for the day and purchasing lunch at the show, plan on eating earlier than noon or an hour or so after 12 so you don’t stand in a very long line.

Make sure kids have their PFDs

If you plan to bring small children, remember their PFD.  In a large crowd on the docks, we’ve seen small children go overboard.  Better to be safe!


Thursday is VIP Day and open to the Trades. Tickets for VIP Day are more expensive but the crowds are usually lighter.  After Thursday, Friday and Monday are not quite as busy as Saturday and Sunday.

What’s a Painkiller?

If you’ve never had a Painkiller at the Boat Show, it’s an experience! Order a Pusser’s Painkiller, kick back, and enjoy the show…newbies are better off starting with a #1!

Prepare for NEXT YEAR!

As soon as you return home from the show, make reservations at your favorite Annapolis hotel for next year’s show. The Sailboat Show is always on the same Columbus Day weekend!


Why should you buy a Boat at the US Sailboat Show?

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The October US Sailboat Show in Annapolis is the largest in-water sailboat show in the nation.  Every well-known manufacturer of sailboats attends the US Sailboat Show to show case their newest and best inventory.


1. You get to Comparison Shop!

Every well-known manufacturer of sailboats attends the US Sailboat Show to showcase their newest and best inventory. The US Sailboat show gives you the opportunity to compare price, options, standard equipment, and dealerships.


2. You get to establish a relationship with a Dealer!

Many manufacturers have dealers who sell their product.  Knowledgeable dealers are able to talk about the features and benefits of the boats they sell. They are also the individuals who will carry you the process of buying a boat and they will be there to take care of you after the sale! They provide your orientation and your warranty work.


3. You get the Best Deal of the Year

The boat show is at the end of the season for the dealers in the Northeast.  The timing of the show combined with buying incentives from the manufacturer and the dealer often produce the best deals of the year.  Dealers can’t offer tremendous incentives without the support of the manufacturers.  Therefore, the combined reward for purchasing or ordering at the show makes it one of the best times to make a deal on a new boat.


The US Sailboat Show is the best time to buy your NEW Boat! The atmosphere is so electric and it makes the process that much more memorable! Ink your Deal at the US Sailboat Show this October 8-12!

The Hard-Hitting Questions at the US Sailboat Show

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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, for instance Norton Yachts is having a Post-Boat Show Open House for people from the show to get an opportunity to take a test sail. 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 from brand to brand. 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 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 trades, and then give them as much info as you can on the boat to see where you can go from there.

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!


2015 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis

The countdown to the 2015 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland has begun!! The event will take place on City Dock in Annapolis October 8-12, 2015.

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 New Boat and Sailing Merchandise, and to get 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 Boatshow in the World!

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 comparisons and 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!

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United States Sailboat Show
City Dock, Annapolis, Maryland

Thursday, October 8, 2015 (VIP Day)
10:00am – 6:00pm

Friday, October 9, 2015
10:00am – 6:30pm

Saturday, October 10, 2015
10:00am – 6:30pm

Sunday, October 11, 2015
10:00am – 6:30pm

Monday, October 12, 2015
10:00am – 5:00pm

VIP Preview Day – $35

VIP Preview Day + Additional Day – $48

Adult One Day – $18

Adult Two Day Combo – $31

Children – $5 (6 & under FREE)

Be sure to visit the whole Norton’s crew at the
2015 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis!



Renewal of Jeanneau Sun Odyssey Line

We are renewing our elegant, performance-oriented line of Jeanneau Sun Odyssey sailboats in order to offer a complete and more consistent model range, from 34 to 51 feet.
In order to integrate the latest design trends and innovations, several significant changes have been made to this successful line.A MODERN BOWSPRIT
The entire Sun Odyssey line, known for performance and comfort on board, is benefiting from a major evolution: the addition of a modern bowsprit.
This bowsprit, integrated into the hull lines, offers an elegant, more distinguished design that draws its inspiration directly from the world of racing yachts.
With more clearance between the anchor and the bow, this innovation facilitates anchoring due to greater protection and an anchor roller on the centreline.
Finally, this bowsprit, designed for Code 0 sails, can also carry larger asymmetrical spinnakers for more enjoyable sailing.
The aft platforms have been enlarged on the mid-size Sun Odyssey models: the Sun Odyssey 389 (optional), the Sun Odyssey 419 and the Sun Odyssey 449. These platforms are three times larger than the previous models and provide an ideal access to the sea.
The interiors of these three models are enhanced with indirect LED lighting in the saloon, for a warmer, brighter atmosphere.
The entire Sun Odyssey line benefits from a new upholstery selection, and pillow backrests with piping for optional upholstery choices.
To this wide selection of upholstery choices, we will also offer a choice of floorboards in three different wood finishes, enabling our customers to further personalise their interior ambiance.
The successful renewal of the Sun Odyssey line enables us to offer a complete, more consistent product range, including the following models:
Sun Odyssey 349
Sun Odyssey 389 – NEW
Sun Odyssey 419 – NEW
Sun Odyssey 449 – NEW
Sun Odyssey 479 – NEW
Sun Odyssey 519 – NEW

Leukemia Cup Regatta – Southern Chesapeake 2015

Despite the rain,  the Leukemia Cup Regatta for the Southern Chesapeake was able to raise a great amount on funding for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this year.

It was a great weekend full of friends, racers, and fun all to raise awareness for LLS and raise funds to help fight blood cancers.4

The 2015 Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup drew 50 boats in 8 classes to race over two days this past weekend.  The lack of wind limited the first day to one race for most classes, but Sunday was much improved and the majority of the fleet got in four (4) races total, with the Portsmouth Handicap Division smaller boats doing six (6).

This was the 17th year for the Leukemia Cup.  The weekend of racing is the culmination of a strong effort to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through a variety of events.



An additional eleven (11) skippers and crew did not race, but entered the regatta in support of the charitable effort.  RESULTS:

J70 One Design (8 boats): 1.Latane Montague, Full Monty; 2.Blake Kimbrough, Nostalgia; 3.Matt Braun & Family, E.L.E.

PHRF A (5 boats): 1.Craig Wright, Afterthought; 2.Sam Mitchener, Double Eagle; 3.Leroi Lissenden, Voodoo 2.

PHRF B (4 boats): 1.Dennis Hannick, Goin’; 2.Bob Fleck, Mad Hatter; 3.Miles Booth, Shenanigan.

PHRF C (6 boats): 1.Alan Bomar, roundabout; 2.Frank Murphy, CHOMHCHGUI; 3.Paul and Julie Wash, Cheeky Monkey.

PHRF Non-Spin (5 boats): 1.Mike Dale, Juggernaut; 2.Greg Watt, Incorrigible; 3.James Snowa, Dixie Rose.

Portsmouth Handicap Fleet (7 boats): 1.Ned Crockett, Ladybug; 2.Charles Carmichael, Goose; 3.Roger Gaby, Creampuff.

Cruising 1 (boats): 1.Robert DeJong, Temptress; 2.Steve Bland, Osprey; 3.Booty Baker, Klimax.1

Cruising 2 (6 boats): 1.Jeff Branflick, First Light; 2.Tom O’Connell, Summer Wind; 3.Tyson Beane, Vamp.  Event Chairman-Alan Bomar.

Complete results are available at

Boat Loans and Financing

Let’s Talk Financing! Purchasing your dream boat may be much easier than you originally thought. Your boat just might cost you about what Boat Loans and Financingyour car payment is a month. And when you put that into perspective, it just makes since to purchase something that will bring you years of enjoyment.

There are a number of things to consider when deciding if you would like to finance your boat:
• Boats have long lives, and therefore, they usually have longer loan terms that can be 15-20 years. These longer terms equal lower monthly payments.

• A major plus to financing is that there are NO Pre-Payment Penalties, so you can pay towards the principal without having to worry about the added interest.

• Rates are at All-Time Lows – people are seeing rates from 3.99% to 4.6%
Norton’s makes it as easy as possible for their customers to start and finish the financing process. Our sales team has built up a list of contacts in the marine financing world that help us help you get into the boat of your dreams.
With the many pluses of financing and low rates, there is no better time to buy the boat you have been eyeing, but thought was just a little too far out of your price range. Financing a boat allows you to enjoy that boating lifestyle you’ve dreamed about, without having to put a huge dent in your pocket.

Boat Insurance

Boater'sCustomers who are buying a boat are always asking about Boat Insurance. Who they should choose, what they should look for in a policy, etc. With all of the big insurance agencies out there competing for your attention and money, it can be hard to choose which one to go with and who will provide you with the best policy.

There are a number of things to look for when choosing Boat Insurance and we wanted to touch on a few of those things in this article.

What to look for in a Boat Insurance Policy

When shopping for insurance, if you have no mortgage on the vessel, you have the ability to choose how much and what kind of coverage you want. There are quite a few options depending on the agency. There’s towing, salvage, pollution liability, personal effects, and even coverage for your four-legged friends.

All marine lending institutions require ample insurance coverage on vessels over 26’ in length. Basic marine insurance includes coverage for hull damages in the water or on the land. Also, P & I, or protection and indemnity, for injuries resulting in claims or for property damage claims, is included in the marine insurance. Insurance binders naming the loss payee are due prior to or at the time of the vessel closing.

Many boaters might not realize that their policy only covers their boat when it is in a certain region, i.e. Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. There is insurance coverage called coastal extension that will cover your boat if you plan to travel somewhere outside of your area. It is increasingly popular to find marine insurance companies who offer to pay for haul out fees when a named hurricane is imminent. If you plan to keep your boat on coastal waters, be sure and find out how your insurance company views hurricane haul outs.

Some Additional Factors in Boat Insurance

Your boat can be too big or too fast!! Well, for some insurance agencies at least. It can also be too old, however there are some agencies out there who enjoy the classics. ;) Size, Age, and Speed can be determining factors in your policy. You also want to make sure that you are properly insuring your type and size of boat. You don’t want to be paying for a 50 Center Cockpit sized policy, when you’re only scooting around in a little Snark sailboat.

Finding the best price

Now we’re at the part that often matters the most to some boaters. “How much is this going to cost me?” and “Can I save money?” are questions that come to mind. In order to get the best price, consider the following:

Wintertime Blues- You can also ask if there is a discount for your off-season time of the year. In other words, is there a lay up period?

Get a few more Electronics- Extra safety equipment on board may reduce the cost of the premium. Certain safety electronics may be worth buying and installing to reduce the premium. Do a cost analysis and see if the additional electronics are worth getting to reduce your payments. You always want to be safe on the water.

Take a Class- Just like auto insurance, a boater’s education can reduce the risk level and the cost of their insurance.

Safe Driving Record – Boaters with excellent driving records will typically qualify for a lower insurance premium. Just like with car insurance, a safe driving record often translates to better marine insurance rates. If your driving record is not good, expect to pay more for marine insurance, too.

Make sure to shop around before settling on one policy. Some quotes may vary by as much as $200.00. Talk to other boaters about their vessel insurance and how claims were addressed. Saving a little money is always a good thing, but you also want to be sure that you get the right coverage so it doesn’t cost more in the end.