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Newport Beach International Boat Show

The 2024 Newport Beach International Boat Show kicks off April 18, with an invitation-only pre-show followed by three days of exhibits open to the public, Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you are looking to buy the right boat for inland recreation or coastal cruising, this is your chance to get an up-close look at the latest design concepts in vessels competing to offer you the best combination of speed, safety, fun and comfort on the water.

One of the many exhibitors you will want to visit is Nordhavn, a leading builder of offshore luxury motor yachts capable of taking you to Hawaii or around the world. Since its first design, the N46, was delivered in 1989, more than 150 Nordhavns have crossed oceans, eight have circumnavigated the planet and several are known to be currently underway on circumnavigations.

Although it is impossible to show the entire line of yachts at the boat show, models range from 41 feet to 120 feet. Specialty Nordhavn models range from a 56-foot motor sailer to the 75-foot Expedition YachtFisher, not to mention the semi-displacement, 59-foot Coastal Pilot.

Northrop & Johnson, a yacht brokerage offering complete services for its clients and overseeing everything from design and construction to final sale of superyachts, will be onsite to provide aspiring yacht owners with the vessel of their dreams. The minimum size of luxury boat handled by Northrop & Johnson is roughly 100 feet in length, a scope far beyond the trailer ski boats you also will see at the show.

If you are looking to invest in a large, luxury ocean vessel, meet with a Northrop & Johnson representative at the show and start that conversation ultimately leading to the design and construction process of your dream superyacht. The company claims, “We are devoted to delivering yachting services and world-class experiences for our clients.” You may contact a Northrop & Johnson representative at one of their two Southern California locations in San Diego and Newport Beach.

Another key exhibitor, Bayport Yachts, is a dealer specializing in large, open-ocean, recreation and fishing boats, from the 39 Solar Coupe to the Ocean Class Hybrid 68. Along with connecting buyers with desirable water craft, Bayport also modifies boats to meet the specific needs of individual buyers, from cockpit extensions to the installation of hydraulic cranes and electric dinghy davits.

If you are looking to buy a smaller boat for water skiing or fishing, visit the Cali Marine booth, where a consultant will connect you with your choice of pontoon, ski or wake boat for day cruising and floating picnics. Cali Marine is a dealer for both Mastercraft and Barletta boats. Consider treating yourself and your family to a new Barletta Aria A22UC, a 21-foot pontoon boat complete with a Mercury 200-liter engine, power bimini, reclining seats, LED lighting, USB charging ports, stainless steel transom swim ladder, Hertz marine stereo and more.

Newport Yachts, a “full-service brokerage,” also will be onboard to connect boat buyers with sellers of an unlimited variety of vessels in Southern California and abroad. Rather than representing strictly yacht builders or dealerships, Newport Yachts represents both sides of the equation, matching buyers with sellers directly, thereby reducing much of the time and cost involved in more complex dealership and showroom operations.

One vessel currently listed by Newport Yachts is the 164-foot luxury superyacht Liberty, which has a cruising range of 4,000 miles and a luxurious interior designed by Rene Van Velden. Amenities include a gym, Wi-Fi, a variety of personal watercraft and at-anchor stabilizers to ensure a comfortable night of sleep in any anchorage.

With all the high-end yacht builders and brokerage firms at the Boat Show, those of us of humbler means also will find plenty to see. If you have found yourself marveling at those long, thick boards people stand on to paddle across calm water, one booth you will want to visit is Pop Board Company, based in Santa Ana.

Pop Board designs, fabricates and distributes its unique designs of stand-up paddle boards to appeal to young, athletic individuals looking for a peaceful, meditative pace of moving through the water without the hassle of messing with a motor or anchor, or even getting wet.

Visit the Pop Board booth and select from a variety of models of both rigid and inflatable boards. Each board comes with a paddle, and inflatable boards include a manual pump and equipment bag.

The exhibitors listed here are only a small sample of the boat manufacturers and representatives you will meet at the Newport Beach International Boat Show. General admission to the boat show is $28 to $40, with VIP tickets available for $195. Children up to 2 years old enter for free. There are also discounts for military service members and first responders with valid IDs or credentials.

For parking, bear in mind this is a large event with limited space at the Lido Marina Village parking structure, so you can expect heavy local traffic and limited space. Parking validations cost $50 per day but do not include admission for the show, so if you are coming from Orange County or Los Angeles County, consider ride-share options to save time and money. You also will find free parking at Hoag Health Center, 538 Superior Ave., Newport Beach, with free shuttle service to and from Lido Marina Village.

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