Expanded dock space highlights 2018 San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

New services and products will complement familiar brands and companies at four-day show, which kicked off Jan. 25 on Harbor Island.

SAN DIEGO — The beginning of a new year means it’s time for another boat show at the east end of Harbor Island. Boaters, manufacturers, vendors and other marine industry professionals are in San Diego to check out the latest in boats, gear, products and services at the 2018 San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show.

Doors to the show opened Jan. 25; the boating exposition continues through Jan. 28. Boating enthusiasts will fill into San Diego’s Sunroad Marina this 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 2018 San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show, which runs Jan. 25-28, returns for its 28th edition and featured the addition of more floating docks. The added docks allow for several larger vessels to moor at the show.

Of course, the boat show 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.

Several free seminars are on the schedule, beginning with Mike Gunning’s presentation of going electric or diesel; Gunning’s seminar begins at 12:30 p.m., Jan. 26.

Also hosting free seminars are Ullman Sails, Mexico Tourism and National Weather Service.

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

Nearly 75 exhibitors are expected to be at the boat show, including the likes of Alexander Marine, Bay Yachts, California State Parks, Chuck Hovey Yachts, Denison Yacht Sales, JK3 Nautical Enterprises, Mexico Tourism Board, Naos Yachts, San Diego Sail and Power Squadron, Shelter Island Boatyard, South Coasts Yachts, Southwestern Yacht Club, Sun Country Marine, Ullman Sails and U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary.

Boats expected to be on display at the show include the 85 Ocean Alexander, 34 Catalina, 44 Sea Ray, 62 Mikelson Nomad, 58 Fontaine Pajot Catamaran, 68 Little Hoquiam, 65 Marquis and 37 Island Packet.

Show hours are noon-6 p.m. Jan. 25-26; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan 27-28. Admission is $13 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Active military, EMTs, police and fire personnel will be admitted free Jan. 25-26 with I.D.

Sunroad Resort Marina is located at 955 Harbor Island Drive. General parking is located at the corner of Harbor Drive and 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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