Seminars, new products highlight San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

Four-day show, kicking off Jan. 26 on Harbor Island, brings together top dealers, marine businesses.

SAN DIEGO — Boating enthusiasts will fill into San Diego’s Sunroad Marina during the final weekend of January to walk the docks of a large in-water boat display, attend informative seminars and check out the latest in marine services and boating accessories.

The 2017 San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show runs from Jan. 26 to 29 and features a wide variety of vessel displays, activities, seminars, entertainment events and marine vendors.

This year’s show will feature new and pre-cruised sailboats and motoryachts at the in-water display, marine vendors with the latest nautical products and services as well as special boating events and boat rides for kids and adults.

More than 80 exhibitors are expected to be in attendance at the boat show, including Alexander Marine, Bay Yachts, California Yacht Co., Chuck Hovey, Crow’s Nest, JK3 Nautical Enterprises, Mexico Tourism, Southwestern Yacht Club, Sun Marine, Ullman Sails and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Several seminars on a range of topics will be scheduled throughout the show for boat show guests to attend and learn something new.

For example boaters can learn the ins and outs of visiting Mexico by private boat during a special presentation by the Mexican Tourism Bureau, which will be led by Mexican marina harbormasters who will discuss entry requirements.

Capt. Pat Rains, cruising guide author and yacht delivery skipper, will also discuss visiting Mexico by boat.

Ullman Sails will lead a discussion on offshore boat repair, focusing on what boaters need to do to prevent damage to sails.

Vessel monitoring and technology uses aboard your boat will be the highlight of a seminar led by Integrated Marine Services; the seminar is entitled “WiFi and Video on the Water.”

The free seminars will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit bigbayboatshow.com/seminars for seminar times.

Boat attendees in the market for a new vessel will want to take a look at this year’s many featured boats, including Tayana 52 Deck Salon Serenity, Seawind 1160 Lite, Dufor 412, Carver 37 and Island Packet 485.

Making its West Coast debut at the Sunroad Boat Show is the Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40, which arrives from France. The vessel features sleek lines, an extra-large cockpit and a large salon and galley.

Show hours are noon-6 p.m. Jan. 26-27; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan 28-29. Admission is $13 for adults (cash only) and free for children 12 and younger. Active military, EMTs, police and fire personnel will be admitted free Jan. 28-29 with I.D.

Sunroad Resort Marina is located at 955 Harbor Island Drive. For more information on the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show call 619-497-5254 or visit bigbayboatshow.com.

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