Bay Bridge Boat Show set to ex­hibit more than 400 boats

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

STEVENSVILLE — More than 400 boats up to 75 feet in length, will be on dis­play at the 36th an­nual Bay Bridge Boat Show, April 27-29 in Stevensville at the Bay Bridge Ma­rina. As one of the largest spring shows north of Florida, this in-wa­ter boat show tra­di­tion­ally marks the be­gin­ning of the boat­ing sea­son on Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and is ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated by fish­er­men and fam­ily boaters through­out the re­gion.

“Due to the strength of the econ­omy we are see­ing a resur­gence of boat­ing as the go-to fam­ily ac­tiv­ity for fish­ing, week­end cruis­ing, pic­nick­ing, ski and wake board­ing, and ex­plor­ing the many trib­u­taries to Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. As a re­sult small to mid-sized trail­er­a­ble boats are more pop­u­lar than ever,” said Paul Ja­cobs, pres­i­dent of the An­napo­lis Boat Shows. “Hun­dreds of cen­ter con­soles, ex­press cruis­ers, wake and ski boats, pon­toon boats, and a myr­iad of oth­ers will be on dis­play. For the small car-top boat­ing type, we will have kayaks, SUPs, in­flat­a­bles, small en­gines, and pad­dle sport plat­forms of all kinds.”

“At the other end of the spec­trum, the en­tire range of trawlers, spec­tac­u­lar blue wa­ter cruis­ers, and off­shore fish­ing yachts will also be ex­hib­ited in large num­bers. This show is unique in the va­ri­ety of boats on dis­play both on land and in wa­ter. It’s a must see for any­one ex­cited to im­merse them­selves in the boat­ing life­style and plan their sum­mer boat­ing sea­son,” Ja­cobs said.

Vir­tu­ally any boat in a size range of 8 feet to 70 feet will be avail­able for con­sumers to ex­plore in­clud­ing more than 100 fish­ing boats from 35 dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers. Boaters will board and in­spect all the new mod­els on the mar­ket, make side-by­side com­par­isons, and talk to in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives and ex­perts about all as­pects of buy­ing and own­ing a boat. The Bay Bridge Boat Show is one of the few places to see and com­pare that many fish­ing boats in one venue.

This year, two dozen ex­hibitors will of­fer demon­stra­tions from the docks in­side the show at the PropTalk Demo Dock. There is noth­ing bet­ter than com­par­ing the per­for­mance of sev­eral boats be­fore buy­ing. The PropTalk Demo Dock gives con­sumers an op­por­tu­nity to sea trial boats of all sizes and styles be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion to own. The list of boats is at An­ and con­tin­ues to grow each day.

Boat show go­ers will ex­plore over 100 on-land ex­hibits and browse the lat­est in nav­i­ga­tional equip­ment, high-tech elec­tron­ics, in­flat­a­bles, boat­ing ac­ces­sories, cloth­ing, gear, and re­lated ser­vices such as boat­ing clubs, char­ter com­pa­nies, in­sur­ance firms, and lend­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mag­a­zine will of­fer six free one-hour sem­i­nars daily. Shore Tackle and Cus­tom Rods will il­lus­trate fly rod build­ing tech­niques and ex­plain the value of cus­tom-built rods. Vol­un­teers of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Chap­ter of the An­tique and Clas­sic Boat So­ci­ety will host a dis­play of wooden clas­sics, vin­tage race boats, and other an­tique and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay-re­lated boats. An in­ter­ac­tive chil­dren’s area with a moon bounce, face paint­ing, food and beer sta­tions, an ex­panded food court, and a pool bar make this a fun fam­ily event. Plenty of on-site park­ing is avail­able. A $3 do­na­tion will sup­port the Kent Is­land High School Ath­letic Boost­ers.

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