The Annapolis Powerboat and Sailboat Shows Return

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Annapolis is a city deeply rooted in its maritime heritage. Nestled along the picturesque Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s capital has served as a vital port hub for centuries, featuring a harbor that has been bustling with vessels of all sizes since the 1600s. Also, it is home to the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy. 

Unsurprisingly, boating is a substantial aspect of the city’s culture, with numerous boat-centric events on its calendar each year. Among these, two significant ones are fast approaching: the Annapolis Powerboat Show and the Annapolis Sailboat Show, two grand showcases that offer the perfect opportunity to fulfill all your boating needs. 

The Annapolis Powerboat Show takes center stage at City Dock from October 5th to 8th. The city’s harbor undergoes an impressive transformation into a grand showcase of watercraft from some of the most prominent names in boating. Attendees can stroll along floating docks to admire an extensive array of incredible boats. 

Meanwhile, the Annapolis Sailboat Show will kick off from October 12th to 15th, also at City Dock. A vast collection of sailboats from around the world will be there, catering to every sailor’s preferences, from cruisers and racers to sailing dinghies. Also, attendees can explore a wide selection of available sailing gear and services. 

Both shows will have everything you need to ensure you are all set for the upcoming boating season. Visitors will have the opportunity to browse a huge number of boats all in one place. It is the perfect occasion to meet boating industry experts and browse the latest innovations. Numerous exhibitors will premier their newest watercraft, allowing attendees to compare prices and find their ideal water vehicle. In addition to boats, visitors can browse a diverse range of accessories, equipment, and services from some of the top names in the business. 

While the chance to step aboard numerous boats from industry-leading vendors is the big draw, the shows offer much more than just that. The Demo Dock at the powerboat show and Take the Wheel at the sailboat show allow attendees to not only see the boats but also experience them. Dealers will provide demo rides to visitors, ensuring they have a clear understanding of their potential purchase before making a decision. The sailboat show will provide attendees with the chance to board the historic Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction of a War of 1812-era vessel. Also, the powerboat show’s Brokerage Cove will have a variety of pre-owned boats for sale, and both shows will host the Breakthru Beverage Tasting Tent allowing guests 21 and older to indulge in some wine and spirits.

Educational opportunities are available for both new and experienced boaters. The shows will include on-the-water demonstrations and daily boating seminars conducted by industry experts, covering a diverse range of topics. Since fishing is a core part of the boating experience for many, the powerboat show will also feature fishing seminars, opportunities to fish from boats, and fishing-related activities suitable for visitors of all ages. 

Tickets for each show are available online. Adult General Admission tickets cost $25 online or $30 at the gate per show. For those who want to take their visit to the next level, VIP Experience tickets are available for $250. This includes admission to the boat show of your choice, along with food and beverages, live music, and exclusive access to financing experts to discuss turning your boat-purchasing dreams into reality. 

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