If you’re looking for boating variety, then consider a fest that will show off craft priced from $14,000 to $1.3 million.
The event is the Hall Marine Charleston Boat Show and Sale. The in-water show, in its 11th year, runs today through Sunday at Charleston Harbor Marina near Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant.
“It looks like a good week,” said Jim McClellan, general manager of the Daniel Island-based boat dealership. Neither the USC or Clemson football teams are playing at home. “That’s why we picked this weekend,” he said.
The show and sale typically attract 800 to 1,000 boat enthusiasts.
Hall Marine Charleston, formerly known as Sea Ray Scout of Charleston, plans to display 23 boats for sale. The top-priced vessel is 54-foot 2011 Sea Ray Sundancer priced at $1.3 million. Powered by two 750 horsepower MerCruiser engines built in the Lowcountry, the yacht has two staterooms, washer and dryer, five televisions and satellite connections.
Also at the show:
• At least two Bennington pontoon boats will be in the water. The painted, flat-bottom boats are popular with Lake Moultrie water enthusiasts among others.
• Five or more Scout boats will be for sale: the brand just held an open house here last week.
• Four Boston Whalers will be displayed, including a new 23-footer that showcases fishing rod holders, places to hitch up or store wake boards, even a pop-upseat in the front. “I call it a boat utility,” he said, a play on sport-utility vehicle.
• The two Meridian yachts include a $470,000 vessel with a ship’s bridge to leave more room below deck.
• A half-dozen or more Sea Rays will be available in addition to the 54-footer.
Parking and admission is free. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 843-747-1889 or visit www.hallmarine.com.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim McClellan, general manager of Hall Marine Charleston, is prepaing for the 11th annual boat show and sale today through Sunday at charleston Harbor Marina. More than 20 boats from 17-54 feet will be on hand ( Leroy Burnell/postandcourier.com 9/27/2012 )×