Byline: Taylor Hill
SAN DIEGO — Sunroad Resort Marina will be abuzz Jan. 26-29, as the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show will be coming to its docks for the third year, along with scores of new boats — in both in-water and trailerable boat display areas — boating seminars and even an art walk.
Sunroad Resort Marina manager Jim Behun, who expects more than 150 boats to appear at this year’s show, said this is a show “for boaters, by boaters.” And the slate of activities and range of vessels scheduled for the event exemplify that effort.
The Port of San Diego, which has partnered with Behun for the show, will host seminars on alternatives to copper bottom paint for boaters. Seminars will be held at noon Saturday and Sunday, and will discuss the Hull Paint Conversion Project grant designed to help San Diego boaters offset the cost of switching their bottom paint to new non-biocide coatings.
Boaters looking for information on cruising south of the border can attend Dick Markie’s “Cruising Mexico” seminars at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Markie designed, built and managed Paradise Village Marina in Puerto Vallarta and has years of experience cruising in Mexico.
“I like to call my presentation ‘Rumors, Lies and Innuendos,’ and all the other information you need to know to enjoy cruising Mexico,” Markie said. “It is the real story.” Markie will set aside time for questions in his seminar, and attendees can win a free stay at Paradise Village.
Both seminars will be held in the pavilion located in front of the Sunroad Marina main office.
An art walk is also in the works for this year’s show, featuring marine-related works and local artists during all four days of the boat show. The walk will stretch from the in-water ramp to the Sunroad Marina office.
While a wide array of boats is expected at this year’s show, here are a few just-announced highlights:
JK3 Yachts will be debuting five new sailboats and powerboats at the show, including the Sabre 426 MK2, the Hanse 385, the Back Cove 34, the Back Cove 30 and the Back Cove 37, the largest Back Cove model to date.
Luxury yacht broker Northrop and Johnson will be showing Scirocco, an 80-foot Sunseeker; Shogunita, a 63-foot Ocean; and Victoria, a classic 64-foot Burger built in 1969.
James Johnson of Chuck Hovey Yachts said the brokerage will be showing a 55-foot Fleming Raised Pilothouse, appointed for cruising in the Pacific Northwest or south of the border. Also on display will be a 49-foot Hylas Cruising Sloop and a 48-foot Offshore Sedan.
South Coast Yachts, the exclusive Beneteau dealer for the San Diego area, will be presenting a brand-new 2012 Beneteau Sense 50 with a “Dock and Go” maneuvering system, a 2012 Beneteau Oceanis 50, a Beneteau First 30 Racer/Cruiser, a Beneteau Oceanis 34 and a W.D. Schock Harbor 25. South Coast Yachts is also hosting the U.S. debut of the new Harbor 30 from W.D. Schock in its sailboat display.
Kurt Jerman, founder of West Coast Multihulls, said the company will be showing a variety of cruising catamarans and other multihulls at this year’s show — including in-water displays for the Lagoon 450, the Seawind 1160 and the Gemini 105Mc.
“We are also planning to have a Corsair Sprint 750 and Weta TRI in our on-land display,” Jerman said.
Silverton West, based at Sunroad Resort Marina, will be showing the brand-new Silverton 40 West Coast Edition. “The 40 West Coast Edition has all the luxury of a 50-foot boat at less than half the price,” said Silverton West owner Chris Droz.
Tickets for the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show can be purchased at the event and are priced at $10 for adults; children 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. Show hours are noon-6 p.m. Jan. 26-27 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 28-29.
For more information on the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show, call (619) 497-5254 or visit bigbayboatshow.com.