SAN DIEGO ― The official start of boating season in San Diego is the weekend between Memorial Day and Father’s Day, as local boat lovers will be walking the docks at one of the region’s largest boat shows, June 7-10. The 15th annual San Diego International Boat Show, produced by Duncan McIntosh Co., returns to Harbor Island’s Spanish Landing Park (East), with four days of fun on the water for families and boating enthusiasts alike. More than 150 boats will be on display at Spanish Landing Park (East), including an expanded selection of 80-foot yachts (and larger) making their West Coast debuts. Also featured at this year’s show will be the latest in nautical gear, gadgets and accessories. There will also be a variety of non-boating activities at this year’s event, such as face painting, a latex twist artist and several food trucks. Live entertainment will be available, as well as Fiddler’s Green Floating Tiki Bar. A few yachts will be making West Coast debuts at this year’s San Diego International Boat Show. What follows is a quick sneak peek of what to expect at Spanish Landing Park (East). Absolute 50 Fly Making its West Coast debut at this year’s San Diego International Boat Show is the Absolute 50 Fly. The 50 Fly accommodates seven adults and features a Volvo Penta 2xD6-IPS600 system boating high performance and low fuel consumption. Her cruising speed is 22 knots. Visit the SeaNet Yachts space to view the Absolute 50 Fly. Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 South Coast Yachts will debut the new Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 at this year’s San Diego International Boat Show. Also debuting at the South Coast Yachts display are the Beneteau GT50 Sport Fly, Wellcraft Center Consoles and Four Winns Runabouts. Maritimo M51 and M54 Compass Point Yachts will display the 2017 Maritimo M51 and 2019 Maritimo M54 at the San Diego International Boat Show. The M54 comes equipped with joystick docking, a “Quick Gyro” stabilization system, walk-around side decks and an enlarged cockpit. The M51, meanwhile, come with aft bi-fold doors, internal staircase to the enclosed flybridge, walk-around decks, full-beam master and a third cabin to starboard. Also equipped on the M51 are a joystick docking system and a cockpit with an electronically operated hatch. Maritimo yachts are crafted in Australia and inspired by offshore racing. Stop by the Compass Point Yachts’ display to experience the Maritimo Yacht, renowned for performance, practicality and engineering excellence Cruising Yachts Making their respective West Coast debuts will be the Jeanneau 440 and Jeanneau 490. Both yachts will join the Cruising Yachts featured lineup of the 2018 Jeanneau 58, 2018, Jeanneau 519, 2018 Jeanneau 44 Deck Salon, 2017 Jeanneau 54, Bali 4.0 Sailing Catamaran and 2018 Elan Impression 45. Viking 37 Billfish Stan Miller Yachts is bringing the 2018 Viking 37 Billfish – fresh off its debut at the Newport Boat Show in April – to the San Diego International Boat Show. The Viking 27 Billfish comes equipped with twin Cummins QSB6.7 550-horsepower diesel engines and a spacious cockpit. The 2018 Sabre 42 Salon Express will also be featured at the Stan Miller Yachts display. Big Bay Yachts, meanwhile, will be displaying a 38-foot Blackfin for fishing enthusiasts. Chuck Hovey Yachts will present a 106-foot Horizon and 110-foot Akhir-Cantieri di Pisa. A wide variety of cruising, family and fishing boats will be featured or highlighted by Crow’s Nest (such as the 84-foot Delta Tatu). Denison Yachting will showcase the 2018 Fountaine Pajot 40 catamaran and a 1990 Sharp Design yacht fisher (78-footer) at the San Diego International Boat Show. Boat show goers might also want to check out the 2018 Intrepid 410 Evolution, which is powered by triple Yamaha 350s and features a queen pedestal bed, dinette, galley and head with stall shower. Visit Hampton Yacht Group’s space if you want view the Intrepid 410 Evolution. Also on display will be the 115-foot luxury yacht Ocean Pearl, which will be at the Northrop & Johnson space. Alexander Marine, as usual, will represent its Ocean Alexander, Pursuit, Regal, Azimut, Galeon, and Aquila vessels at the San Diego International Boat Show. Silver Seas, meanwhile, will be on hand at the boat show to highlight Cruisers Yachts, Princess Yachts, Tiara Yachts and, in certain markets, Maritimo Yachts. Don’t forget to visit Oil Filter Services, Quick Snaps, Sterling Associates and YachtBedding.com for your other boating needs. San Diego International Boat Show’s hours are 11:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. on June 7 and 8; 9:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. on June 9; and, 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on June 10. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 off for those with military identification. Children 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. Visit sandiegointernationalboatshow.com for more information.
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