This year’s Bay Bridge Boat Show featuring more than 250 boats is opening Friday, April 15th on Kent Island. The show has grown by 30 percent compared to last year and is expected to be the biggest Bay Bridge Boat Show since the recession of 2008, according to Paul Jacobs, president and general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows. The Bay Bridge Boat Show opens Friday and runs through Sunday, April 15-17, 2016.
“There is tremendous interest in our boat show this year including an increase in ticket sales, a larger footprint, and a surge in new exhibitors as well as additional space requests from returning ones. With the recent economic recovery of powerboat sales has come a surge in exhibitor space and boat bookings,” said Jacobs.
“We have been particularly gratified by the number of family and fishing boats under 35 feet sold in the past few shows, indicating a return of the middle income group to boating. Low fuel prices, boat show special pricing, and low interest rates have been significant factors in the recovery of the powerboat industry,” Jacobs added.
A unique aspect of the Bay Bridge Boat Show is that virtually every size and style of boat is represented and available for purchase. From SUP’s and kayaks to a 75 foot luxury ocean going yacht are all available to view this weekend. Over thirty center consoles, dozens of express and luxury cruisers, pontoons, jet boats, inflatables, down east and bay boats, trawlers – are all at the boat show
An expanded demo dock features at least two-dozen new model boats as well as outboard engines. Dealers will be conducting demonstrations and sea trials from inside the boat show at easy to access docks.
The show has more than 100 exhibitors selling the latest in navigational equipment, high-tech electronics, inflatables, boating accessories, clothing, gear, and related services such as boating clubs, insurance firms, and lending institutions.
Six free boating seminars and fishing, casting and rod building lessons are offered daily.
A new venue featuring motorhomes and campers has been added this year.
The opening night BBQ Bash is free to all attendees and exhibitors on Friday, April 15th at 5pm. The annual opening day celebration includes free Hemingway’s barbeque with all the fixings, live music by Sean Hetrick and the Leftovers, dancing, and cash bar. Guests unwind after the show in a beautiful marina on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay.
Interactive children’s area with a moon bounce and face painting, food and drink stations, an expanded food court and a pool bar make this a fun family event.
Bay Bridge Boat Show
Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, Maryland
Friday, April 15, 2016 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, April 17, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm
Adult One Day – $12
Adult Two Day Combo – $19
Children – 12 & under FREE