There is one major difference between the annual Charleston Boat Show held in January and the Charleston In-Water Boat Show that will be held Friday-Sunday at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park, located at 0 Lockwood Boulevard.
“The cool part is the obvious, the boats are outside in the water, in their own element,” said show organizer Jacqui Bomar, whose company JBM & Associates produces both shows for the Tri County Marine Trade Association.
“It’s a beautiful park and marina and we’re able to get bigger boats that we’re not able to get in the Charleston Convention Center because of lack of space.”
Bomar said almost all of the slips are sold out for the show. More than two dozen dealers featuring dozens of boat lines, both power and sail, will be displaying their vessels at the In-Water Boat Show.
Show hours are noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free. There also is a two-day pass for $15. Parking options can be found on the show’s website, charlestoninwaterboatshow.com.
In addition to viewing hundreds of boats, there will be lots of other entertainment activities:
Capt. Dave Carraro, captain of FV-Tuna.com from NatGeo’s television show “Wicked Tuna” will be on hand for a meet-and-greet all three days – Friday 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.; and Sunday noon-2 p.m.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will have its Boating Simulator available throughout the show.
Students from Sanders Clyde Creative Arts School, Simmons Pinckney Middle School, Meeting Street Academy and James Simmons who have participated in the Lowcountry Maritime Society class will launch the skiffs they have built over the last semester at 2:30 p.m. at the finger pier of the dock.
JB Boards will be demoing paddleboards, teaching proper paddling techniques, with 20-minute clinics at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the finger pier.
Musicians Ronnie Johnson and Dale Baker will perform from noon-4 p.m. Saturday with The Mack Duo performing from noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
On Saturday and Sunday youngsters can enjoy jump castles, face painting and the Charleston Pirate Tour (1:30 and 3:30 p.m.).