Think of it like a car show at a road course or trunk event fronting a clothing store. A fest with boats in the water permits shoppers to see vessels in their element.
The Charleston In-Water Boat Show, held April 17-19, fits the bill. According to the show’s website, this year’s event has attracted 23 dealers gearing up to display more than 60 lines of cruisers, fishing boats, sailboats and yachts. It comes as the upbeat national economy buoys vessel sales and as some lines roll out new models.
The three-day show takes place at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park at 0 Lockwood Drive. Greenville-based JBM & Associates will present the event. In 2014, JBM took over responsibilities for the show, which hadn’t been held for five years.
The in-water show, according to its website, “attracts the best boat dealers and manufacturers from all over the Southeast and beyond.” JBM touts the show as the largest of its kind between Annapolis, Md,. and Tampa, Fla.
It will be open noon-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 a day for adults, with a two-day pass priced at $15. Youngsters age 15 and younger get in free. Military and seniors age 65 and older get in for $5 with valid ID.
Along with the main-attraction boats, Charleston In-Water Boar Show provides a number of special features, including:
- Captain Don Dingman presenting “Hook the Future” kids fishing clinic. According to the show’s website, Dingman “will teach children how to catch anything a grown-up can with the right tackle.” Youngsters will learn about safety and “the joy of fishing.” All participants will get a free rod and reel.
- The S.C. Department of Natural Resources hosting a “boating virtual trainer,” in which boaters can test their skills.
- Coastal Kids Zone corralling several challenges including Charleston Pirate Tours treasure hunt, Kiddy Bounce bouncy houses and face painting by Susan Fedor.
- Food trucks and restaurants Ye Old Fashioned Café & Ice Cream, Lowcountry Creole, Roti Rolls and Old Salt Gourmet Pretzels dishing out street food fare.
Sponsors consist of Allstate Boat Insurance, Maritime Insurance LLC and The Bristol Marina. Partners are Cummins Atlantic, Eventhaus and Being Mindful Marketing.
Among prizes and giveaways, attendees can enter to win a “Talladega weekend prize pack” made up of two Talladega Sprint Cup Race tickets for either the May or October races and two nights’ accommodations provided by www.DegaRooms.com.
For more on the show, go to www.charlestoninwaterboatshow.com.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or email@example.com.