Los Angeles Boat Show kicks off 2018 calendar

The 62nd edition of boating exposition returns to the Fairplex in Pomona — new boats and entertainment for all.

POMONA — It’s the dawn of a new year, which means boaters will be heading inland to Pomona to attend the 62nd edition of the Los Angeles Boat Show, which runs Jan. 18-21 at the L.A. County Fairplex.

The 2018 Los Angeles Boat Show (presented by Lincoln Motor Co.) features a variety of activities and entertainment to complement the large display of a range of boats. New elements coming to this year’s show include free test drives of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator and a paddleboard pool.

Included in the addition to the large boat selection is the return of the high-performance boat manufacturers. This year’s show will see the largest gathering of high-performance boats under one roof in many years.

“The high-performance manufacturers are a key component within the boating industry,” show manager Tim Baker said. “Their return and support of the Los Angeles Boat Show is a testament to the strength and well-being of the industry, we are excited to help promote this important category and look forward to a continued long relationship with the high-performance boat manufacturers for years to come. ”

You will find all of them in High-Performance Hall, Building 5.

State representatives will be on hand to discuss the new California Boater Card requirement. All motorized boat operators 20 and younger, as of Jan. 1, must complete a boating safety course and possess a boater card. A new age group will be added to the requirement each year between now and 2025, when all boaters must complete the educational component and carry a card with them when operating a boat.

This year’s show, like in 2017, will stretch across four buildings and will also fill a large outdoor area with new 2018 boats, gear and accessories on display.

And just like 2017, family is the theme of this year’s boat show.

Family boats, fishing boats, bass boats, pontoons, custom performance boats, wakesports boats, deck boats, personal watercraft, sportfishing vessels, runabouts, cabin cruisers, dinghies, inflatable vessels, kayaks and standup paddleboards will be on display at the show, while marine vendors preview their latest nautical products and services. There will also be special boating events and boat rides for kids and adults.

Last year’s boat show at the Fairplex was held at the start of a wet winter in Southern California. What eventually turned into a historic rainfall resulted in California’s lakes and rivers reaching all-time high levels – creating an ideal environment to head to a local waterway with a boat or personal watercraft.

“Previously closed due to low water-levels, many boat launches throughout the state have reopened are now accepting entry for all types of vessels, personal watercraft, canoes and kayaks for a day out on the water,” Los Angeles Boat Show CEO Duncan McIntosh said. “According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), recreational boating is seeing its healthiest gains in nearly a decade, with sales on par to continue the trend through 2018.”

Highlights of this year’s boat show include:

  • Test drive the all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator (presented by the Lincoln Motor Company)
  • Hourly drawings at Building 7, with a selection of prizes to be chosen by winner
  • Paddleboard instruction
  • Boating-themed workshops and activities for the kids
  • Hundreds of boats for sale.

New 2017 and 2018 models will be on hand from manufacturers such as MasterCraft, Robalo, Centurion, Avalon,  SeaDoo, Shockwave, Chaparral, Boston Whaler, Crownline, Tige, Hallett, Malibu, Premier Pontoons, Bennington, Bentley Pontoons, Tracker, Larson, Crest, Defiance, Ranger, Scout, Yamaha, Regal, SeaRay, Colbalt, Bayliner, Hurricane, Quest, Southbay, Axis and many more.

The Los Angeles Boat Show kicks off Jan. 18 at the Fairplex, located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, California 91768.

Show hours are noon-9 p.m. Jan. 18; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan 19-20; and, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 21. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Active military, EMTs, police and fire personnel will be admitted at a $5 discount, with I.D.

Parking is $10.

For more information on the Los Angeles Boat Show call 949-757-5959 or visit losangelesboatshow.com.

The Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc. is publisher of Sea Magazine, Boating World and The Log Newspaper, FishRap and Editor & Publisher, and produces the Los Angeles Boat Show (Jan. 18-21, 2018), the Fred Hall Shows (March 7-11, 2018 in Long Beach, and March 22-25, 2018 in Del Mar) and a Central Valley Fred Hall Show on March 2-4, 2018 at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield), Newport Boat Show (April 19-22 2018), the San Diego International Boat Show (June 7-10 2018), and the LA Harbor Boat Show (Sept. 20-23, 2018).

 

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Los Angeles Boat Show Information

 

When:              January 18-21, 2018

Where:             Fairplex, Pomona

1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

Admission:      $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult free;

$5 discount to active and retired military with valid ID (at the box office)

$10 Parking

Tickets can be purchased in advance at laboatshow.com or day-of-event at the                               box office.

 

Show Hours:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Noon – 8 p.m.

 

Friday, January 19, 2018

10a.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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