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Posted by on Apr 18, 2009 in Boat Show, Engines, Trawler, US |

Marquis and Carver at Strictly Sail & Power Expo

American boatbuilding shows its diversity, even within the same corporation.

Half a dozen Sea Ray models greet visitors to Jack London Square.

Half a dozen Sea Ray models greet visitors to Jack London Square.

The powerboat side of Strictly Sail Pacific & Powerboat Expo may pick up on the weekend, but it was generally smaller and quieter during the show’s weekdays. With my colleague at YachtWorld.com and Boats.com, John Stewart, we reviewed a line-up of Sea Ray models and other bow-riding tow boats on display in Jack London Square. We then strolled to the dock and did a boat-to-boat comparison of several Marquis and Carver models presented by Wayne D’Anna Yacht Center. The lines are both owned by Genmar and built in Pulaski, Wisconsin, but present a striking contrast in modern motor yachts. We found even more contrast farther along the docks when we poked around on a classic Nordic Tug. Even at a small show, there was serious variety if you took the time to look, from the traditional trawler aesthetic at one end of the spectrum to the avante garde European styling of the Marquis 500 Sports Coupe.

The first three boats on the right are Marquis models, designed in Europe and built in the U.S.A.

The first three boats on the right are Marquis models, designed in Europe and built in the U.S.A.

Side by side, the 72 Marquis, a European design, and the 59 Carver, all-American.

Side by side, the Marquis 720 Tri-Deck, a European design, and the Carver 56 Voyager, all-American.

The Marquis 50 Sports Coupe

The Marquis 500 Sports Coupe

The Marquis 500 Sports Coupe is designed by the Venice design firm, Nuvolari and Lenard.

The Marquis 500 Sports Coupe is designed by the Venitian design firm, Nuvolari and Lenard.

The 50's master stateroom is forward.

The 500's master stateroom is forward.

The Marquis 59's master

The Marquis 59's master

The traditional master on the Carver 56 Voyager

The traditional master on the Carver 56 Voyager

The 500 Sports Coupe's helm station

The 500 Sports Coupe's helm station

Opposite the helm, the 500's bar and entertainment area

Opposite the helm, the 500's bar and entertainment area

John was ready to cruise on the bridge of the Carver 56 Voyager.

John was ready to cruise on the bridge of the Carver 56 Voyager.

Jack London Square, in Oakland, is 10 years old next week.

Jack London Square, in Oakland, is 10 years old next week.