For Powerboaters, A Haven In Stevensville

| May 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Spring Boat Show

For non-boaters, spending a Saturday around huge boats boasting $1.4 million price tags may seem like an asinine way to spend your time, but for boat owners and enthusiasts, nothing could be more serious.

The 28th Annual Bay Bridge Boat Show, which is the oldest and largest spring in-water boat show in the Chesapeake Bay, was held April 24-15, 2010 at the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, just over the Bay Bridge. Over 400 new and used boats were on display, along with kayaks, canoes, inflatables, and antique watercraft.

The main purpose of a boat show is to allow prospective buyers to have the ultimate comparison tool: having every possible boat choice in the water at the same time. I saw every possible type of boat there, everything from pleasure cruisers perfect for spending a day on the bay to high-speed fishing boats built for chasing the perfect catch or 62′ yachts fit for spending days at sea.

It didn’t seem like the economy slowed things down, either. From the time the show opened at 10, to the time it closed at 6, it was jam-packed. Even the weather held out, waiting until the show closed before the rain came.

Annapolis boaters have the US Sailboat Show to look forward to. It runs October 7-11 at the City Dock and throughout Downtown. It’ll pack up, then the US Powerboat Show moves in from October 14-17 at the same location. Both are hosted by US Boat.

I’ll see you out there!

(c) Taylor Michie 2010

(c) Taylor Michie 2010

(c) Taylor Michie 2010

Taylor Michie is a 14-year old Annapolis resident and author of the sailing novella Racing Winds. Taylor is a sailor himself, sailing 420s in Annapolis. He is a Volvo Ocean Race fanatic, but enjoys other round-the-world sailing races like the Velux 5 Oceans and the Clipper Round the World Race. Taylor’s work has been featured in Soundings Magazine, The Capital, and, most notably, the Volvo Ocean Race in Boston, MA. Taylor was awarded the US Sailor of the Week in May 2009 by US Sailing. He is currently working on his second book, Whitecaps, and his environmental work through his charity, Racing Winds GreenBooks.

You can find Racing Winds on the web at www.racingwinds.com, where you can buy the book, and learn more about Taylor, his book, and his campaigns. You can also follow Racing Winds on Twitter, by visiting www.twitter.com/racingwinds, and on Facebook by searching “Racing Winds.”

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A 14-year old author of a sailing novel, Racing Winds, high school student, and Eye on Annapolis contributor.