Promising 350 boats on display, the United States Powerboat Show will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. Weather forecasts call for classic Annapolis boat show weather, with blue skies and temperatures in the upper 60s.
This year is expected to be the largest powerboat show since the 2008 recession. Boaters will browse among at least 350 boats, including an extensive collection of center console fishing boats.
Miles of docks exhibit everything from luxurious blue water cruising boats and power catamarans to high-performance jet boats, pontoons, and more than 100 center console fishing boats. There will be boats of every size and style, as well as water toys of all types, inflatables, paddleboards and trailerable boats.
“We are proud to be able to offer our visitors the opportunity to shop from 40 fishing boat manufacturers, dozens of trawlers and down east boats, and every other type of boat imaginable. It is exciting to see the depth and breadth of the offerings in this year’s show,” said Paul Jacobs, president and general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows.
Captain Paul Hebert of Wicked Pissah as seen on the National Geographic television show Wicked Tuna will be at Shades of the Bay, an Annapolis Maui Jim retailer, entertaining show goers with stories of the sea, signing autographs and posing for selfies.
Paul’s public appearances are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sponsored by Maui Jim.
This year the Annapolis Boat Shows, Annapolis Yacht Sales, and EdgeWater Power Boats are celebrating the 45th birthday of the United States Powerboat Show by giving away the grandest of grand prizes: an EdgeWater 170CC Deep-V Center Console Power Boat.
MarineMax Vacations is also sponsoring a grand prize: an exotic seven-day & six-night Caribbean charter vacation aboard a luxury MarineMax Power Catamaran in the waters of the British Virgin Islands.
On land there will be equipment such as life rafts, navigational aids, radios, water sports equipment and fishing gear. Maritime-related services include boat loans and insurance, boating clubs, and yacht management. Boaters and non-boaters alike will find useful items such as jackets, hats, sunglasses, shoes, boots, bags, belts, tools, pillows, coolers and more.
Attendees may take demos and sea trials from inside the show at a Demo Dock for boaters to try before they buy new models, engines, and stabilizing systems.
Brokerage Cove, a show within a show, is overflowing with more previously owned boats than ever before, all presented by regional boat brokers. Nearly 70 boats ranging in size from 25 to 75 feet will be on display and available for immediate sale.
Free fine wine and craft beer tastings will be served daily from 12 p.m. through closing, sponsored by DOPs, distributors of fine wine, beer and spirits. As always, Pusser’s Painkiller Party Barge will be pouring Painkillers, a local Annapolis tradition.