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Springline Yacht Sales wins New England show honor

Posted on March 11th, 2016

Springline Yacht Sales was awarded Best in Show for its sailboat display at the New England Boat Show, which the dealer said has grown into the Northeast’s largest indoor boat show.

“This was a special year because it was the North American debut for Elan and Impression Yachts,” Springline Yacht Sales president Rick Dieterich said in a statement. “Show attendees really appreciated the Elan and Impression; we are thrilled to have sold the first new Elan in the United States.”

The dealership said it also brought two Catalinas to the New England show and sold both of them, and a Blue Jacket 40, winner of Boat of the Year from Cruising Magazine.

Springline will be at the May 12-14 Connecticut Spring Boat Show in Essex with the in-water debut of Elan and Impression Yachts.

“We are looking forward to warmer weather and to highlighting the Elan products for their first North American in-water showing. Buyers are excited by the new boat line, and we look forward to helping sailors secure their dream,” Dieterich said.

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Volvo’s flagship XC90 is a large, luxurious land yacht. With seating for seven, a stately interior and the world’s best SUV safety rating, it’s like a comfy three-room apartment on wheels.

In other words, it’s a minivan — with all of the amenities, but none of the embarrassment, of driving that much-lampooned soccer mom-mobile.

Don’t get me wrong. Some of my best friends are soccer moms. I love minivans and have owned several.

My daughters’ childhoods were no longer nor more violent than normal, but we destroyed two perfectly good minivans before they finished middle school. By the time the girls left for college, both vehicles were totaled — from the inside, without ever having made contact with another car.

The XC90 is the first SUV designed and produced by Volvo since it was acquired by Chinese automotive giant Geely in 2010. It was re-imagined from end to end — new drivetrain, new chassis, new braking and suspension systems, and new interior appointments. Among other things, it’s longer and wider than its predecessor.