With fresh ideas aplenty and am­ple choices when it comes to num­ber of hulls, length over­all, type of sail plan and ac­com­mo­da­tions be­low, there’s a lot to pon­der in this year’s lineup of new sailboats.

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Any­one who’s look­ing for a new boat in the com­ing year should ap­proach the up­com­ing boat­show sea­son as ea­gerly as a kid wak­ing up on Christ­mas morn­ing. Builders, lit­er­ally from around the globe, are set­ting sail for North Amer­ica with a slew of new de­signs, some of which are evo­lu­tion­ary im­prove­ments to older mod­els, while oth­ers take bold tacks into un­charted wa­ters when it comes to how we will sail and live aboard in years to come.

Mul­ti­hulls will con­tinue their strong pres­ence in 2018, with cata­ma­rans and tri­marans that range in size and com­plex­ity from sim­ple pocket cruis­ers to so­phis­ti­cated, fully crewed yachts.

On the mono­hull side of the dock, de­sign trends con­tinue to in­clude smaller head­sails, gal­ley-for­ward lay­outs and in­no­va­tive new takes on out­door kitchens, com­plete with grills, fridges and sinks on the stern.

What­ever you have for sail­ing plans, space needs and bud­get, the old say­ing, “There’s a boat for ev­ery buyer,” has never rung more true.

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