Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Boating families take shape at the Greenwich Boat Show

“Family Time” has never had it tougher than it does today. With busy schedules and people getting lost in their smartphones and video games, it’s harder than ever for a family to come together around one thing they all love and enjoy.

But there is one thing that still unites families: boating.

Whether it is kids laughing as they cruise over the waves, or the enjoyment you feel traveling to new ports, or the thrill of discovering a secluded cove where you can swim, picnic or fish, boating has a way of bringing families together and changing lives like few other activities can.
If you’re thinking of making your family a boating family, you’ll have plenty of family-friendly boats to consider at the Greenwich Boat Show on April 11 and 12 on the Mianus River in Cos Cob. A favorite among Northeast boaters, the Greenwich Boat Show invites attendees to walk the docks and actually test out boats on the open waters of Long Island Sound.

The Greenwich Boat Show is also renowned for its incredible variety of powerboats. This year’s show will feature the largest collection of dealers and boats yet, so families looking to purchase a boat will have a huge selection to choose from. One of the show’s family cruising heavyweights is sure to be vessels from Sea Ray, which, with its spacious cockpits and comfortable cabins, has become synonymous with family cruising. Boaters will also be able to tour family favorites such as Regal, Monterey and Chaparral. For boaters interested in the performance and comfort of a dual hull vessel, models from Carolina Cat will be on display. And for the kind of layout and comfort that only a pontoon boat can provide, pontoons from Bennington and Premier will be available.

The Greenwich Boat Show’s selection of family-friendly boats is only the beginning. The show also boasts a huge variety of other styles of boats, including luxury, fishing, cruising and more. To make sure you get to try out the boat you want, show organizers recommend attendees visit the show’s website to schedule sea-trials in advance.

For more information, contact Karen Piscitelli at 203-661-4033, ext. 251 or

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The 2015 Greenwich Boat Show will be held April 11-12 from 10am-4pm, on the Mianus River in Cos Cob, where boaters are invited to walk the docks and actually go out on the open waters of Long Island Sound. The show has earned an admirable reputation among the region’s boat shows because of its location, incredible variety of motor boats, and ability to allow customers to sea-trial new boats to feel how they handle in open water.

The show features a remarkable selection of boats. Those in the market for luxury, high-end vessels have brands such as Chris Craft, Tiara, Hinckley, Back Cove, Southport Boats and Hunt Yachts. Meanwhile, the serious fisherman has a wide variety boats to choose from, including Edgewater, Scout, Grady White, Pursuit, Boston Whaler, Regulator, World Cat and Sea Fox. Family cruising boats  are well-represented with favorites like Sea Ray, Monterey, Carolina Cat, Chaparral, Regal and a choice of pontoon brands. 

With such a large selection and the offer of free sea-trials, it’s no wonder local residents and boaters from throughout the Northeast consistently praise the Greenwich Boat Show as being among their favorite shows. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

A & S Boats

Join us April 12 & 13, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm at the Greenwich Boat Show!

Whether you’re in the market for your first boat or your fifth, the folks at A & S Boats in South Windsor have the know-how to match you to the perfect boat. 

Their sales staff works to ensure that each customer’s experience — both in the store and on the water — is comfortable and memorable. They know how to ask the right questions, listen to the needs of each customer, and put their extensive product knowledge to good use to save boaters time and money.

A & S Boats’ large selection of great boats means they have the right boat to meet each customer’s needs. Their inventory includes Chaparral, Moomba, Supra and Tracker boats. Such a lineup of high quality vessels means boaters get better value, higher resale and greater satisfaction. Some examples of the boats they offer include the following:

Chaparral 327 SSX: The 327 SSX mixes bowrider roominess with a full-beam cabin. Equal parts family bowrider, performance-minded sport boat and overnight cruiser, the 327 was the NMMA's Innovation Award winner the year it was christened. With its standard fiberglass hard top, striking interior accents, dual forward facing helm seats and practical full beam cabin, the 327 is one-of-a-kind. A stainless steel windshield and heavy-duty rails say quality in every detail.

Chaparral 264 Sunesta: Built to the precision standards you expect from Chaparral, the 264 features stainless steel hardware, a Kevlar reinforced hull, Quad Radial lamination and an integrated cockpit drainage system. An optional thru-hull exhaust allows you to turn the performance volume up or cruise in quiet luxury. Stain-resistant upholstery, a self bailing cockpit and a molded drainage system are all designed to take your cares away.

Chaparral 216 SSi: Turn low-key weekends into exciting adventures with a 216 SSi that delivers Chaparral innovation at its family bowrider best. Wide Tech engineering provides a smooth, dry and confident ride with more space in the bow. Stainless steel hardware, premium vinyl and molded recessed side panels add a touch of class and are engineered to last. A large Bimini, front windscreen, full height windshield and a hinged bow door combine for all season comfort. Time-tested Quad Radial lamination with Kevlar reinforcement keeps the strength up and the weight down.

To learn more about A & S Boats, visit

Contact: Gil Valfer, 860- 528-8682,
Address: 735 John Fitch Blvd., South Windsor, CT 06074

Click here to schedule a sea trial.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Marine Max

Join us April 12 & 13, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm at the Greenwich Boat Show!

The people at Marine Max share the same love of boating that you do. That’s part of what makes them one of the best resources in the country for getting people on the water.

A national retailer with 55 locations nationwide, Marine Max has built a reputation in the Norwalk area for being more than just a boat dealer. Offering educational classes and a multitude of services, Marine Max can meet the needs of any boater. And their representatives use their wealth of experience and knowledge to match each customer with the perfect boat.

When it comes to choosing the right boat, you won’t find a better selection. Marine Max offers nearly 20 different brands of boats, including Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Meridian Yachts and many others. With boats ranging from 11 to more than 111 feet, Marine Max’s diverse selection includes boats for cruising, fishing, watersports, vacationing and more. For a few examples of their many boats, check out the following:

Sea Ray 260 Sundancer: The 260 Sundancer’s performance-enhanced design inspires longer cruises and greater confidence on the water. It features an open cockpit with a reversible helm seat and wet bar, a streamlined V-berth and mid-berth, full galley and head, and plenty of storage. It’s increased cockpit space and the addition of a cockpit galley gives the 260 Sundancer the perfect social atmosphere.

Boston Whaler 315 Conquest: The Boston Whaler 315 Conquest is a fishing and pleasure boat that gives boaters enhanced utility, convenience and stylish comfort. It features a host of functional and aesthetic upgrades that are bound to impress both saltwater anglers and those who favor luxury cruising. An insulated 30-gallon livewell/cooler, increased bait prep storage, and dual in-deck fishboxes ensure the diehard angler has everything he needs to get on the fish. The boat's cabin features new interior styling, including a skylight over the galley, and an expanded mid-berth offering improved headroom and flexibility for bringing on extra family members or friends.

Meridian 341 Sedan: Meridian's 341 Sedan has redefined the under-40-foot-yacht by providing the comfortable accommodations and extra features you need for extended cruising. It features accommodations for four in two spacious staterooms, a full-service galley with all the amenities and an airy salon with opening windows, panoramic views and entertainment center with a 20-inch LCD television, AM/FM/CD/DVD system and both salon and bridge speakers.

To learn more about MarineMax, visit

Contact: David Dzurilla 203-831-6311;
Address: 144 Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854

Click here to schedule a sea trial.

Petzold’s Marine Center

Join us April 12 & 13, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm at the Greenwich Boat Show!

With its large inventory of new and pre-owned boats, a professional sales team and top service technicians, Petzold’s Marine Center in Portland and Norwalk has a well-earned reputation as one of the most respected yacht sales and service centers in the Northeast.

Petzold’s is a dealer for such boat lines as Back Cove, Sabre, Edgewater and Regal  and they are home to one of New England’s largest heated showrooms, with models up to 50 feet on display. They also provide a wide range of services, including seasonal commissioning and decommissioning, engine repair, repowering, custom canvas and electrical installation or customization and more.

Some examples of the boats they offer include:

Sabre 38 Salon Express: The Sabre 38 Salon Express represents the latest in design and naval architecture. It is built in the tradition of Maine boat building: beautiful, strong, steady, reliable and very seaworthy. Yet below the skin, technology is everywhere, from its resin-infused laminates, to state of the art systems, to the pod propulsion drive. Its hull lines are the latest thinking in vee-hulled motor yachts and are specifically designed for the installation of pods, allowing fuel economy, quiet running and a pleasant dry ride. The interior provides an open design that will suit a day’s outing with friends as easily as a longer cruise.

Regal 35 Sport Coupe: While its competitors are playing checkers, the 35 Sport Coupe is playing chess. Tired of canvas? The 35 Sport Coupe features the unobstructed view through glass. Like a hardtop, but don’t want to always exclude the sun? The push of a button retracts the convertible top. Hot summer days forcing you in the cabin? The 35′s cockpit AC helps you keep your cool. With all the amenities of a 50 foot yacht in a 36-foot package ~ Check & Mate.

Back Cove 37 Hardtop Express: One of the most popular Back Cove models to date includes the same practical features, usability and low maintenance, which have built the popularity of the Back Cove brand since its inception. Its master stateroom features an island berth for ease of egress, and many lockers and drawers are provided for gear. To starboard aft of the master is a full guest cabin with double berth and plenty of storage capacity. Opposite and to port is a large head unit with separate stall shower. Between the lower and salon sole levels, there is a mid-galley fully-equipped with a refrigerator, a freezer , microwave and deep stainless steel sink, as well as many drawers and lockers for galley storage.

Edgewater 280CX: Its 4 AM, you break out the rods and reels, and set a course with friends for that secret fishing spot offshore. The next morning, the dog waits patiently next to the boat gear for a day on a secluded beach, chasing a Frisbee with the kids as you prepare the water tube for rides. As the day concludes and the blue sky gives way to a brilliant orange sunset, the memories of the weekend and the comfort and versatility of the 280CX draws a deep sigh of enjoyment from the family, and your four legged mate. Built with an unsinkable deep-V design and using EdgeWater’s proprietary SPI (single Piece Infusion) process, and powered with Yamaha’s reliability and fuel efficiency, the 280CX makes it possible to escape and create memories every day. Within the 280CX’s clean lines conceals outstanding seating and storage.

To learn more about Petzold’s Marine Center, visit

Contact: Ken Petzold, 860-342-1196, or Diana McCabe, 203-838-4523,
Address: 37 Indian Hill Avenue, Portland, CT 06480 and 48 Calf Pasture Beach Road, East Norwalk, CT 06855
Click here to schedule a sea trial.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Portland Boat Works

Join us April 12 & 13, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm at the Greenwich Boat Show!

For more than 60 years, Portland Boat Works has been a fixture in Connecticut’s boating community. Providing excellent service and quality craftsmanship to the region’s boaters from the shores of the Connecticut River, Portland Boat Works is one of the area’s finest marine centers.

This family-owned and operated business is a full-service facility specializing in the service, restoration and general maintenance of larger yachts. They feature a highly-skilled and experienced service team that is available to address any engine maintenance, repair or re-powering needs, as well as electronic installations, finish carpentry, fiberglass finishing and repair, painting and varnishing.

Portland Boat Works is also a Platinum Dealer for Tiara Yachts, distinguishing themselves annually as one of the region’s top dealers in both sales and customer service. A few of their available boats include the following:

3600 Coronet: The innovative  Coronet Series introduces smartly re-imagined day boats. Sophisticated  designs deliver style to take your breath away. And yet, like every Tiara, that style is built on an unmatched heritage of American Made quality, strength and seakeeping designed to bring you safely home again; one carefree day on the water after another.

The Tiara 3600 Coronet offers a luxurious array of features including redesigned interior compartments, seating, fabrics and available state-of-the-art electronics from Garmin. The most remarkable feature, however, may be the return on investment you feel every time you hit the water.


Tiara 4300 Open: The 4300 Open comes ready for both fishing and cruising. An incomparable deepwater performer, it presents a secure platform to aggressively manage sea and weather conditions, with a fuel-efficient hull design and power package that provide optimum performance, handling and maneuverability. The cockpit features two insulated flush floor storage/fish boxes, a wet bar, a starboard aft prep center and plenty of storage. Below deck, the 4300 Open has a luxurious, roomy interior, with a salon/dinette/galley greatroom combo and two large private staterooms.

For more information on Portland Boat Works, visit

Contact: 860-342-1085 or
Address: 1 Grove Street, Portland, CT 06480
Click here to schedule a sea trial.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Twin Hull Boats

Join us April 12 & 13, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm at the Greenwich Boat Show!

Twin Hull Boats in Bridgeport is just what the name says: They exclusively sell power catamarans.

The folks at Twin Hull are the only authorized sales and service dealer in Connecticut for World Cat, Glacier Bay, Carolina Cat and Livingston power catamarans. They are convinced that dual-hull boats provide a better ride than monohulls, with better fuel economy, stability, comfort and fun in any kind of weather. And they think that if you try one, you’ll be convinced, too.

Some examples of the boats they offer include:

World Cat 295 DC: An upgraded version of World Cat’s most successful model, seating improvements abound on this vessel, improving comfort and increasing capacity to 10 people. The twin captains’ chairs have been changed to twin bench seats with flip-up bolsters. The forward bow seating allows better lounging, and with optional flush mounted seats in the transom and gunnel you can enjoy lounging in the cockpit when you’re not fishing. The euro-style walk-through transom brings you closer to the fish and allows easy access from the water.

Carolina Cat 23 DC: Carolina Cat’s 23 DC is a mid-sized dual console with a full-sized head enclosure. And it gives you big boat performance in a mid-sized package. Best of all, the 23 DC takes full advantage of the cat shape, giving you seating for 10 in its wide beam. There’s plenty of room for a cruising crowd and lots of open cockpit space for fishing fanatics. Perhaps best of all, unlike most mid-sized dual console monohulls, the Carolina Cat 23 DC has a full-sized head.

Glacier Bay 2740 DC: A wonderful combination of features and ride makes the 2740 dual console the most versatile boat on the water. Whether you are piling the kids in the bow for a trip to the beach or ranging far offshore for billfish, you can do it in this vessel. The 2740 features 27 feet of open boat space with a full stand-up head in the port hull. There is seating for six under the standard hardtop, four more in the box area and two aft with the optional flip-out seats.

To learn more about Twin Hull Boats, visit

Contacts: Chris & Donna 203-334-4403,
Address: 135 Bywatyr Lane, Bridgeport, CT 06605
Click here to schedule a sea trial.