Comfort and luxury is the keynote at the 1971 boat show in the New York Coliseum.
Comfort and luxury is the keynote at the 1971 boat show in the New York Coliseum. The show, which opens officially on Saturday (23 January), opens its doors for a preview on Thursday (21 January) and features a wide variety of craft, ranging from small one or two-man boats to large houseboats.
For about 107,000 U.S. Dollars (about GBP55,000 Sterling), one can purchase what has been billed as the Queen of the show - a massive eight berth luxury cruiser.
For those who wish to spend most of their time on the water, the show offers a range of houseboats. The builders have gone all out for the 61st annual show to make their boats liveable and luxurious below decks. Some of the houseboats feature hand-rubbed glowing teak and fitted carpets from and to end. They also carry ovens with rotisseries, automatic garbage disposals and stereophonic tape decks. Some of the boats even have built-in vacuum cleaners, air conditioning and gold-plated fixtures.
Sailing enthusiasts aren't forgotten. One offering for them is the Columbia 39 -- a sloop designed by naval architect Bill Tripps which has reportedly been breaking records since it first came off the drawing board. A light displacement, high aspect ratio craft, it carries its sail from aluminium spars. Below decks, there is 7 feet (2 m) of headroom, a full galley, a huge dinette and fully-enclosed washing facilities. With plenty of storage space, the Columbia 39 sleeps 7.
Despite a tense year in the American economy, consumer spending in beating last year reached an all-time record of nearly three and a half million U.S. Dollars (about one and a quarter million Pounds Sterling.) One boat show official said the boat manufacturers were fortunate because they were selling pleasure, and unlike some products which endanger the environment, the boat makers were selling pleasure which could be enjoyed at no one else's expense.