Byline: The Log Staff
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Sunroad Boat Show opens Jan. 24 — and this year’s four-day event will present more than 100 boats in the water, along with a wide array of activities and entertainment.
Sunroad Resort Marina will host the exhibition, and show-goers can take advantage of free boat rides, 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.
A schedule of show seminars is planned at the Pavilion, next to the marina pool.
“Cruising Mexico 101, for Sail and Power” will be presented by cruising guide author and yacht delivery skipper Capt. Pat Rains, a frequent contributor to The Log Newspaper and Sea Magazine, Jan. 26 and 27.
“Efficient Downwind Sailing — Setup and Trim of Asymmetrical Spinnakers” will be presented by Charlie Jenkins and will involve Ullman Sails of San Diego, as well as South Coast Yachts. And “Electric Propulsion for Sailboats,” presented by Electric Yachts of Southern California, will cover how to select and convert a diesel or gasoline inboard engine to clean, green and quiet self-generating electric propulsion.
Boat show attendees in the market for a new vessel will want to take a look at this year’s many featured boats — power and sail — 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.
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.