New show emerges to replace cancelled NMMA event

SAN DIEGO, Cali. – In the wake of the April cancellation of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s 21-year-old boat show at the San Diego Convention Center, a new show is being established, the San Diego News Network reported in an article in its Web site.

The show, which is scheduled to take place at the Sunroad Resort Marina, Jan. 28-31, is being produced by Jim Behun, general manager of the marina and a former captain and yacht broker with experience in boat show production, the article stated. It will feature in-water exhibits, as well as large exhibit tents in the adjacent parking lot.

The show’s attractions will include weekend cooking demonstrations, educational sessions, and a “green” boating section to include products, services and equipment, according to the article. A nautical art show is also being discussed.

Behun told the news network that the NMMA show’s cancellation was a blow the San Diego boating community, which was already feeling the pain of the recession, didn’t need.

“The average dealer or broker makes 60 percent of his income off the boat show,” Behun pointed out.

The show has already attracted many previous participants and sponsors, including the San Diego Unified Port District. Part of its early success can be attributed to later dates, which won’t overlap with playoff games, the news network reported. For more information, visit

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