Byline: Taylor Hill
SAN DIEGO — This year’s San Diego Sunroad Boat Show — Jan. 24-27 — will offer a wide array of activities and entertainment, to go along with its in-water display of more than 100 boats.
The show, held at Sunroad Resort Marina on Harbor Island, is expected to include free boat rides for show attendees, from three different vendors.
San Diego’s Seaforth Boat Rentals will be offering free sailboat rides for attendees to try out the company’s array of rental boats; West Marine is planning free rides in its new lineup of inflatable boats; and rental company San Diego Comfort Cruise will be offering rides aboard its fleet of 18-foot Duffy electric boats.
In addition, a new seminar is planned for this year’s show: “Cruising Mexico 101, for Sail and Power.” Conducted by cruising guide author and yacht delivery skipper Capt. Pat Rains, a frequent contributor to The Log Newspaper and Sea Magazine, the seminar will take place Jan. 26 and 27. Seminar times will be announced later.
Boat show attendees in the market for a new vessel will want to take a look at this year’s many featured boats, including Northrop and Johnson’s display of the largest boat in the show: the 122-foot Shogun, a John Overing design built by Flagship Marine.
Other boats to be presented at this year’s show will include a 62-foot Hampton and a 48-foot Maritimo from Hampton Yacht Group, a 65-foot Fleming from Chuck Hovey Yachts, 50-foot and 43-foot Mikelsons from Mikelson Yachts, a 53-foot Selene by Selene California, Beneteau’s line of sailing yachts and Beneteau’s new Gran Turismo powerboats, Jeanneau and Hunter sailing yachts, Catalina sailboats from Heritage Yacht Sales, Cruising Catamarans from West Coast Multihull, and a variety of other sailboats and powerboats 35 feet and larger.
Show hours are noon-6 p.m. Jan. 24-25 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 26-27.
General parking is $10, at the corner of Harbor Drive and Harbor Island Drive. A shuttle service is included.
Boat show admission is $12 for adults; free for children younger than 12. Military, EMT, police and fire personnel will be admitted free Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, with proper identification.
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.