i use to go to both Newport and Annapolis for many years and the difference is staggering -- first is the shear size -- if you want to see one brand of boat, say jeanneau - Newport may have 1-3 whereas Annapolis will have the full range - some mfgs will forgo Newport whereas no one foregoes Annapolis. All vendors are present at Annapolis and the show layout is much prefered in Annapolis.
Newport is also a mixed show with both sail and motor whereas Annapolis is strictly sail -- it is like comparing triple a baseball with the major leagues --
and the b&b in the annapolis area can be really kewl and historic
chuck and soulmates