A Journey to X-Yachts

No, you are not looking at Sir Richard Branson's SpaceShip. This is a photograph of a brand new X-Yachts Xp44 (& her excited owner) shown in the spotless X-Yachts Production facility in Haderslev, Denmark. She is currently aboard a 7 Star Transport Ship en route to her new home in Annapolis, MD.Below, New X-Yachts are in various stages of compl...
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Hinckley Little Harbor WhisperJet 44 Cruising on the Chesapeake Bay

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Spring Snow

The beautiful Selene 53, "Bella" doesn't mind a little Spring showers snow during her survey & sea trial!
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X-Yachts Xc-35 Named Boat of the Year!

As predicted, the Xc-35 from X-Yachts has won over the critics on both sides of the Atlantic and has been awarded the prestigious Sail Magazine award for the best monohull 31-40ft.  The Xc series has filled a niche in the market in that it is ideally suited for those who like sailing fast without leaving comfort at the dock.  The Xc series is best ...
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The Blue Angels are Back!

The Blue Angels returned with an incredible show for the first time since 2010. It was great to see so many familiar faces (and even more familiar boats) out on the water today. Go Navy!© Jamie Horton Photography
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Spring Boat Shows are Just Around the Corner

At Forbes Horton Yachts, Spring means more than just flowers in bloom. When we think of Spring, we think of opening hatches, Wednesday Night Races in Downtown Annapolis, and Boat Shows. Don't miss out on the Bay Bridge Boat Show and the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show coming in April.BAY RIDGE BOAT SHOW April 11-13The 2014 Bay Bridge Boat Show has a...
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What a week!

We are halfway through the Annapolis Boat Shows and are thrilled by the turn out so far. The first official brokerage show was a great success- a little warm, but rewarding. Thank you to all who stopped by to say hello.Next up, Sailboat Show....
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4th Time Around

FHY's broker Bill Day is selling this Southern Cross 35 Cutter for the fourth time. This is an excellent sailing design by Tom Gilmer built in the " Ocean State" in the heyday of cruising yacht boat building.We wish the new owners fair winds and following seas!
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Photography & Boats

The two go hand and hand, really.  The golden light, the movement of the water, the texture of the lines and wooden planks, the colors of canvas and the ever changing sky, reflections on a calm sea, and the simple shape of a well crafted vessel.Don't forget to bring your camera on your next boating adventure!*Photos discovered on Pinterest. To view...
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Forbes Horton Yachts & Crabs

The fourth of July brings many things to the Chesapeake bay maritime industry.  Visitors flock to Annapolis to enjoy the sights and to eat blue crabs at exorbitant prices.  Wayward yachters often take the opportunity to casually inspect a few boats while in town and in the right hands can become owners by the 5th (they should have gone for the crab...
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A Laser from the 1800's

If Nat Herreshoff had designed the Laser this is what it would have looked like. The Melonseed is one of the most handsome day sailors and they sail as good as they look. The boat’s sheer line is subtly springy and her low freeboard and deck camber contribute to the elusiveness of her lines. Her work boat origins dictated her low profile, wide side...
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Two Shirt Day

Showing boats in January is about as much fun as doing it in August.  When the humidity peaks and the thermometer hits 90 you can only imagine what it is like on inside of a boat that has been baking on the hard.  The same holds true for midwinter. Icy decks and ladders buried in snow are just two of the perks.  When the Mid-Atlantic summer is in f...
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The Way Life Should Be

When I was growing up the Maine license plates all used to say“Vacationland”.  Those of us that lived there knew the truth and that for 6 weeks of the year that statement was absolutely correct.  Sometime in my early adolescence, the slogan changed to “the way life should be”.   For six fleeting weeks, life along the coast of Maine exemplifies thes...
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Welcome to the Dark Side

The FHY team had a great time at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show last weekend.  We had a strong presence and some might say we are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to selling powerful, capable, blue water sailboats.  For those of you interested in selling your sailboat and moving into a powerboat, we are well versed in helping sailors t...
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GEM

A caption from "The Golden Century" by Ross MacTaggart about Gem, a 164 ft motor yacht built in 1913,After a very difficult week, you're lying in a chaise on the aft deck of you 50-foot yacht. The stress you've felt all week is slowly draining from your face. Suddenly, a shadow blocks the warm, invigorating sun from your face. Opening your eyes, yo...
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Sugar Scoop

The New England winters play tricks on the mind and cause residents to hatch and execute ideas that the less vernalized folks of the Mid – Atlantic would only dream of.  My father decided one winter that SKATER, his beloved Norseman 400, would look and sail better if she had a sugar scoop.  Sounds simple right?  It is not.   After  calling West Mar...
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Thomas Gillmer ~ March Designer of the Month

Our March designer of the month is Thomas Gillmer, Maryland’s adoptive son. The following biography was taken from sailboatdata.com:“Thomas Gillmer was born in 1911 in Warren, Ohio and became interested in ships at an early age. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1935 he served on light cruisers in the Pacific and Mediterranean. He bec...
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Welcoming Spring?

We can be sure that warm weather is heading our way soon, though it may not feel like it. We woke up to piles of snow yesterday morning all across Maryland.A client of FHY found this lovely scene on the way to his Bowman 48 in Oxford.However, just a few hundred miles south, the flowers are blooming.Scott Taylor spent the weekend in Oriental, NC, wh...
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Bad Hair Day in Paradise

This shot was taken by my wife, Jamie, on Shinbone Alley while we were waiting for a weather window for the next leg of our journey south.  One of things I like most about the photo is the way our shadows were cast against the pink building on the right.  You can clearly see by the giant lopsided silhouette of my head that I was overdue for a trim....
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Last of the Mohegans (for now)

UNCAS named for the last sachem of the Mohegan tribe is a N. G. Herreshoff designed Buzzards Bay 18 and is the first one to be built since 1904!  There were 5 boats built originally during the winter of 1903/1904 and construction details are scant.  The wizards of wood at Artisan Boat Works in Rockport, Maine built UNCAS for her new owners in Booth...
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