New-boat debuts set for Newport show

The Newport International Boat Show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday in Newport, R.I.
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The Newport show will return on Thursday for its 46th year on the city’s waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue.

The Newport show will return on Thursday for its 46th year on the city’s waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue.

The Newport International Boat Show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday in Newport, R.I., in its largest installation since 2009 and several boat debuts are scheduled.

Bertram will debut its new Bertram 35, opening the event with a press conference on Thursday, the opening VIP day of the show, at 6 p.m.

MarineMax will host the North American debut of the new Azimut 40 Verve at the show.

The new Regulator 31 will make its debut at the Ocean House Marina booth and naval architect Lou Codega will be on hand to speak with attendees about Regulator’s deep-vee hull.

Bristol, R.I.-based Vanquish Boats will debut the new 21-foot Bristol Harbor Series Cuddy, a one of a kind “Patriot Edition” with a color scheme and interior design by local designer Megan Boss of Megan Boss Interior Design.

Chris-Craft debuted the new Commander 42 to the world at the Cannes Yachting Festival last week, and this week the company will unveil the new boat for U.S. buyers in Newport.

Hunt Yachts will present its Hunt 72 in its world debut at the Newport show, as well as the completely reconfigured Surfhunter 32 with outboards.

Organizers say they have secured a record number of exhibitors.

Organizers say they have secured a record number of exhibitors.

Other powerboat debuts include the Southport 33 LX, Palm Beach Motor Yacht 65 and 42, Back Cove 32, Nordic Tug 40 and 44, and the North Rip 21.

The Dehler 34 will be one of several U.S. sailboat debuts. Others include the Fairest 23R; Seawind 1190 Sport from Multihull Source; Maine Cat 38; Bali 4.0 Lounge; Salona 380; Italia Yachts 9.98 Fuoriserie; and the Morris M36X, according to Andrew Golden of Rushton Gregory Communications, the PR firm that does marketing for the show.

“The companies that choose to launch their latest creations in the Newport For New Products program are at the forefront of innovation in the industry,” Newport Exhibition Group show director Nancy Piffard said. “This tangible display of invention is often the dividing line between which companies simply survive and which thrive. These companies develop their product lines to meet the high demands of today’s most discerning buyers, which is exactly the clientele that attends the Newport International Boat Show.”

The Confident Captain At The Helm program encourages families and individuals to sign up for on-the-water courses to build skills and confidence.

Trade Only sister publications PassageMaker, Power & Motoryacht, Sail and Soundings will hold CruiserPort University at the show, with experts presenting on seminar topics such as “Troubleshooting Electrical Systems,” “Weather Basics for Boaters,” “Navigation for Husbands and Wives” and “The Physics and Psychology of Hull Shape.”

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