The U.S. is well on its way into a new era—the era of the two-car, one-boat family. One out of every seven households will have a boat by the time this year's boat-buying spree is over, a spree which traditionally starts with the January boat shows. The venerable New York show (January 16 to 25) will have all the boats shown on these pages, plus some 450 more and is expected to easily attract crowds larger than last year's 389,000 and to produce sales higher than last year's $22,400,000. In all, the citizens of the U.S. will spend well over $2 billion on all boating in 1959, and enjoy the spending. In view of the fact that the banking industry has declared itself in on the trend (almost half of the boats bought in 1959 will be financed), the early evolution of a boat-minded economy seems certain. Other signs of the times: architects are designing new garages with boat-parking space, communities are building public docks and launching facilities with tax money and commercial docking centers have started to build on-the-spot living facilities. Someone has even coined a word for these dockside inns. Conceivably the 1950s may become known in history as the decade of the satellite and the boatel.
Biggest boat at New York boat show this year, the 46-foot Richardson Golden Anniversary motor yacht carries a price tag of $43,995, cruises at speeds up to 25 mph, has sun deck, flying bridge and mahogany trim, sleeps ten in the staterooms.
Toughest hull in New York show, the 22-foot Century Raven hardtop model has hull design identical to the Raven which won 1958 single-engine race from Miami to Bimini, sells for $5,450.
Sportiest boat at show, the 19-foot Ancarrow Praetorian has soaring tail fins, sports car cockpit, African-mahogany hull, does 55 mph with 300 hp inboard engine, costs $3,950.
Hardy 25-footer with fiber-glass hull, the New Horizons cruising sloop designed by Sparkman & Stephens and built by Ray Greene and Co., is a rugged shallow-draft keel-centerboarder ideal for exploring small harbors safely. Ready to sail, $8,900.
Inexpensive 17-footer, Ferrier Marine's Mark II Silhouette berths two in cabin, holds four comfortably in the cockpit, takes either outboard or inboard power, makes fine overnighter for a small family. Price without engine or sails: $1,987.
Speedboat-style Newport Runabout is 15-footer made by Atlantic Marine, has strong honeycomb fiber-glass hull, goes 35 mph with a 50 hp outboard. Price: $895.
Cruising-Style Crosby Cruisette has an 18-foot fiberglass hull, does 25 mph with 45-hp engine, sleeps two on overnight trips, has foam flotation and all electric circuits molded into hull as special safety features, complete galley, sells for $1,799.
Open-Style Penn Yan YB has light 14-foot sheet-plywood hull, round molded plywood bilges, does 35 mph with a 30-hp outboard, can be fitted with a windshield, front steering and backrests, is excellent boat for water skiers. Price: $399.
Convertible-Like Duratech Sealine Deluxe has 14-foot aluminum hull that can be driven up to 35 mph by 40-hp engine, separated motor well, double cockpits. The canvas overhead is put up or taken down as needed. Price without top: $675.