Seabrook, TX, May 11-12. Lakewood Yacht Club. (512) 257-2386
BOAT SHOWS Gulf Coast Yacht & Boat Super Show, Gulfport, MS, April 4-7 The Gulfcoast Yacht and Boat Show is the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast. Previously held in Orange Beach, AL, the show has been moved to the brandnew $40-million renovated Jones Park and Gulfport Small Craft Harbor in Gulfport, MS. Boats up to 60 feet, fishing boats, ski boats, offshore boats, runabouts, personal watercraft and others. New for 2013 is the Sailboat Row with over 40 boats, both new and brokered, along with vendors and suppliers of sailing gear. Another 150 boats are on land, along with demonstrations, seminars daily on cruising the Southeast, Florida, the Keys and the Great Loop. $10 admission ($8 online), children under 12 free. VIP Thursday 1-7. Friday 10-7, Sunday 10-5. Free parking. www.gulfcoastyachtandboatshow.com. 5th Annual Oriental In-Water Boat Show, Oriental, NC, April 12-14 New and used watercraft: sail and power, fishing and cruising, from kayaks to yachts, plus new marine products and services, timely seminars and great food. This year, expected are 80 exhibitors and 100 boats, 50 of which will be available for in-water trials. Pecan Grove Marina, 685 Oriental Road, Oriental, NC. Admission $5 each day, with children 12 and under free, and acres of free parking. Hours: Friday, noon-5:30; Saturday, 10:00-6:00; Sunday 11:00-3.00. For information, call (252) 249-0228. www.orientalboatshow.com. South Carolina In-Water Boat Show, Charleston, SC, April 12-14 Sponsored by the South Carolina Marine Association, this show will be held at Daniel’s Island Waterfront Park, where River Landing Drive meets the Wando River. An additional 1000 feet of portable floating docks will be added to the existing city docks, with in-water sail and power boats, gear exhibitors, music, food, demos and children’s area. For more information, go to www.scinwaterboatshow.com, or www.scmarine.org.
17th Southeast US Boat Show, Jacksonville, FL, April 12-14 This show includes seminars, live music, powerboats, kayaks, sailboats, and hundreds of vendors selling gear and accessories for both power and sail. The show is also as much a festival as it is a boat show with live music, good food, and a happy hour at the famous marina tiki bar. A bikini contest is held at the bar on Friday 4-8 pm. The show is held across from Everbank Stadium at the Metro Park and Marina, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. The stadium parking lot is available for show visitors. The show can also be reached via water shuttle from the Jacksonville Landing. Dockage is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who come by boat. Some consider this the best boat show venue in Florida. There will be in-water sail and powerboats, and several hundred boats on land spread across the seven acres of the waterfront show. Hours are 108, Friday and Saturday, and 10-5 on Sunday. $10 entry and children 16 and under free. 31st Annual Suncoast Boat Show, Sarasota, FL, April 19-21 This show features both in-water and on-land boats, as well as vendors selling gear and other related boating accessories. It is held at Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota. The show is open 10-7 Friday and Saturday, and 10-5 on Sunday. Entry is $10 for adults at the gate and $8 purchased online. Kids under 15 free. For more information, call (954) 764-7642, or got to www.ShowManagement.com. West Marine Nautical Expo, Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL, May 4-5 Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, FL, will be host to Manatee County’s largest free boating event this spring with the West Marine Nautical Expo Spring 2013, held May 4-5. The event has many of the facets of a traditional boat show, with a number of additional caveats. It is like a boat show in that there will be more than 50 in-water boats, as well as many more located along the promenade and on trailers around the marina and tent exhibits by businesses and organizations. New boats and brokerage boats will be on display, both sail and power. The large number of inwater brokerage boats that are open for touring is quite unusual, making this expo better than many boat shows that one must pay to enter. This is a chance for buyers to view a large number of brokerage boats—both sail and power—of different makes, ages and sizes—a selection which is usually only seen by appointments with different brokers at different times. New boat dealers located at the marina will also have a large number of new models available for viewing. The expo also features live seminars by various nautical industry leaders, children’s fishing stations led by U.S.C.G.certified charter captains, a nautical-themed fashion show by West Marine and Blue Sol & Hearts Designs, paddleboard/kayak demos, live music, food/beer vendors and a full nautical flea market. Seminars include topics such as “Boaters Going Green,” “Marine Electronics,” “Boat Financing,” and “Boating Cosmetics.” A complete updated list of seminars and speakwww.southwindsmagazine.com