From the Bay, From the Bay to the Blue Ridge

It’s Spring Boat Show Time on the Bay!

Bay Bridge Boat Show – April 17th – 19th
This show has secured commitments from more than 200 powerboats!

The boat list on the Annapolis Boat Shows website includes new and brokerage boats, almost all available for immediate sale. Demo boat rides, sponsored by PropTalk, will allow boat show goers to ‘try before they buy.’

“Each year as the show concludes, boat buyers complete their boat deals and are on the bay the next day,” said the show’s general manager Paul Jacobs.

“What could be better than a summer on the Chesapeake in your new powerboat purchased and outfitted at the Bay Bridge Boat Show?”

Boats by leading powerboat manufacturers representing every imaginable size and style, including Center Consoles; Trawlers; Express Cruisers; Down East Cruisers; Pontoon Boats; Luxury Offshore Cruisers; Jet Skis & Jet Boats; Ski Boats; Bowriders; Bass Boats; Inflatables, Kayaks, SUPs and Canoes.

Lots of fun activities will provide something for everyone, including:

Free Opening Day BBQ Bash Sponsored by Trident Funding Corporation and Black Dog Propellers featuring: Hemingway’s Carolina-style Barbecue Buffet; Live entertainment by the popular rock band, A Classic Case; Pool-side cash bar serving local craft beers including Dogfish Head Ale and Fin City Brewing; Gourmet chocolates courtesy of Parfections Chocolate; and Local craft brewers on-hand to discuss their specialty brews. The BBQ Bash begins at 5pm and is free to all ticket holders, exhibitors, and staff.

Lifetime Anglers Offer Fly Fishing & Casting Lessons and Demonstrate How to Build a Custom Rod: Joe Cap and Bill O’Brien of Shore Tackle and Custom Rods will illustrate fly fishing techniques, demonstrate how to cast a spinning rod, and explain the value of custom-built rods.

Eastern Shore Style Grilled Fish Cooking Demonstration: Brandon Gentry, Exec. Chef of Hemingway’s will prepare mouth-watering whole grilled fresh Chesapeake Bay rockfish fillets. Daily at 3:00 pm

Focus on Fishermen: An impressive selection of new fishing boats, the latest center consoles, and affordable brokerage boats for immediate sale. Tackle shop discounts include fishing gear and accessories.

Stand Up Paddleboard: Discover the newest fitness craze–SUP. Watch Capital SUP perform daily dockside demos of the “gym on the water.” Learn more about night paddling with LED lights illuminating the water from underneath–unlike anything you’ve experienced before!

Restored Historic Wooden Boats: See wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique boats displayed by Chesapeake Antique Classic Boat Society.

Visit the website to see more than $3000 in valuable door prizes donated by sponsors and exhibitors. There is on-site parking: $3 donation to Kent Island High School Athletic Boosters. Food and drink will be available at the Pool Bar and an expanded food court and there will be a children’s area with face painting and a Moon Bounce. Free seminars provided by Chesapeake Bay Magazine and Annapolis School of Seamanship.

The Bay Bridge Boat Show takes place in Stevensville, MD.

Friday, April 17th 10am – 6pm
Saturday, April 18th 10am – 6pm
Sunday, April 19th 10am – 5pm

Adult One Day – $12
Adult Two Day Combo – $19
Children – 12 & under FREE

The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, April 24-26th
This in water show will feature nearly 80 sailboats available for immediate sale – new and brokerage – including catamarans, mono-hulls, racing boats, family cruisers, day sailors, yachts, and many more boat displays on land.

Always a picturesque spring weekend in the charming historic seaport, this is the first opportunity of the year for experienced and novice sailors to shop for the latest in equipment, electronics, clothing, inflatables, boating accessories and gear of all kinds at the 100+ on-land nautical exhibits.

“This isn’t just any boat show,” said Paul Jacobs, president and general manager. “The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is a multifaceted maritime experience. There are boat tours, sailboat rides, sailing lessons, historic tours, Naval Academy tours, Maryland crab cakes, blue crabs, raw bars, craft beers, painkillers, and breathtaking views.”

Lots of fun activities on land and on sailboats will provide something for everyone, including:

Fun free sailing crewed by Annapolis Community Boating. No experience necessary and all ages welcome. Register at the show.

On-Board Sailing Workshop sponsored by American Sailing Association and Beneteau. Instructors provided by Sailtime. Designed for the beginning sailor, this workshop takes place on a Beneteau First 22 sailboat and includes 30 minutes of dock-side sailing basics and 90-minutes of on-water sailing instruction. Pre-register at our website.

Cruisers University, a comprehensive cruising educational program, offers one- to four-day tuition packages covering cruising destinations, boat systems, navigation, procedures, and all things related to the cruising lifestyle. Pre-register at our website.

The first-ever high school regatta, Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta, will race in the Annapolis Harbor and conclude at the docks of the sailboat show. Sailing teams will use the J-World Annapolis fleet of J/80’s and represent six regional high schools. They will compete for a traveling cup, designed by Weems and Plath. Preliminaries and finals take place on April 25th and 26th.

Annapolis Sailing Cruises will take visitors aboard the 74-foot Schooner Woodwind. Additional fee.

Free opening day networking celebration includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by Paladar Latin Kitchen, live entertainment, cash bar, and Foulest Foulies Contest sponsored by SpinSheet. Come for the boats and stay for the party. All are welcome. The event begins at 6pm and is open to all sailboat show ticket holders, exhibitors, and staff.

Throughout the sailboat show Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar will provide free food and rum drink tastings in Susan Campbell Park.

Discover the newest fitness craze– Stand Up Paddleboard or SUP. Watch Capital SUP perform daily dockside demos of the “gym on the water.” Learn more about night paddling with LED lights illuminating the water from underneath.

The show takes at City Dock in Annapolis, MD. There will be valuable door prizes donated by sponsors and exhibits given out throughout the show.

Friday, April 24, 2015
10:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday, April 26, 2015
10:00am – 5:00pm

Adult – One Day $12
Adult – Two Day Combo   $19
Children: 12 & under FREE

For full details on both shows, check out the website at

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