Annapolis harbor will become a floating showcase this weekend for the latest models of powerboats and innovative maritime products with the return of the U.S. Powerboat Show.
Annapolis Boat Shows will host the 50th annual event at City Dock from Thursday to Sunday. The show is open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
General admission is $22 when purchased ahead of time online. Tickets at the gate cost $25. VIP tickets are also available. Purchase show tickets at: annapolisboatshows.com.
To start off the festivities, show organizers are teaming up with the Downtown Annapolis Partnership to host a block party open to the public Thursday at Market Space. The event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will feature a live band along with food and drinks for sale.
From inflatables and dinghies to pontoon boats and yachts, hundreds of boats will available for viewing on temporary docks that crisscross the harbor. More than 300 exhibitors will offer their wares. There will be tents set up showing off boating accessories and others offering nautical educational courses like Cruisers University and Junior Captain Program. The Annapolis School of Seamanship and Chesapeake Bay Magazine also will present free daily seminars.
Renowned superyacht captain Sandy Yawn from the Bravo TV show “Below Deck Mediterranean” will make an appearance on all four days at the Maui Jim and Shades of the Bay booth.
U.S. Boatshow President Mary Eweson praised her team’s effort in pulling off the event and acknowledged the struggles that organizers have undergone since the onset of the pandemic more than two years ago.
“There have been supply chain issues over the past couple of years and obviously the weather hasn’t helped but still, we have a wide range of vendors coming out and expect over 500 boats to be on display,” Ewenson said.
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New to the event this year is FISHTALK Fishing Spot where pro anglers will offer tips and sell fishing equipment. Harvester, a new media platform for fishing, hunting and shooting will debut a fishing simulator where guests can do virtual casting and catch all sorts of fish. Other vendors will be at this station, including Under Armour, Fish and Hunt Maryland and Coastal Conservation Association.
Charter companies will on hand to assist with booking future vacations.
Maryland’s largest wine and spirits distributor, Breakthru Beverage Maryland, will host a tasting tent with free samples of Fishers Island Lemonade, Reyka Vodka, Gray Whale Gin, The Crossings Savignon Blanc, Josh Cellars, and Fleurs de Praire.
The following weekend, City Dock will host the U.S. Sailboat Show running from Oct. 13-17. This show features new and premiering sailboats, gear and accessory exhibitors.