Side-by-side comparisons can be perilous to boat manufacturers. Same day demonstration sails
can also be hazardous unless you have the clear performance champion for the day. That's why no sensible manufacturer publishes polars for their products; they can come back and bite them in arbitration. So even if you're on a demo sail aboard contender 'A' and contender 'B' passes nearby, neither demo driver will engage in direct head
to head racing
without some convenient excuse on hand, just in case.
I think that one of the reasons there aren't more catamarans at Annapolis is that "Demo Days" afterwards is just too damn risky!
Besides, it costs a lot of money
, requires planning two or three years in advance, and needs an in-place task force to avoid the many pitfalls and tanktraps of doing business long distance.
I've worked the Annapolis Show for many years, and I don't think anyone but the major high volumn manufacturers sell enough boats to justify the expense. Being there seems to be a defensive maneuver more than anything else.