Boat enthusiasts are invited to San Diego Bay this weekend to experience life aboard a luxury cruiser.
Running today through Sunday, July 17, the San Diego Superyacht Association is hosting the 8th annual San Diego Yacht & Boat Show. Everything from sailboats to megayachts will be on display at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive (map).
“Attendees can see a whole host of boats, sizes from 20 to 200 feet,” said Dave Geoffroy, Executive Director of Southern California Marine Association. “We have boats for every budget.”
Mega-yachts that will be showcased include: Sunseeker, Carver and Stan Miller. There will also be many multi-hulls and sailboats on display.
An on-land expo will feature more than 50 exhibitors and vendors displaying marine accessories, boat financing options and modern boat technologies. Those exhibits will be located at Cancer Survivor’s Park, at the east end of Spanish Landing Park.
“The show is fun and festive with lots of entertainment, all against the backdrop of the beautiful Sheraton Hotel and Marina,” Geoffroy said.
The Port of San Diego is sponsoring the event through its Marketing and Fee for Services Program in the amount of $12,620. This program helps fund partnerships that provide direct benefit to the port or to businesses on the port tidelands. The events support the port’s strategic goals, which include contributing to the community by promoting commerce, navigation, fisheries and recreation in the Port’s five member cities.
Admission to the event:
- Adults: $12
- Military personnel with ID: free
- Kids 12 and under: free, courtesy of Wells Fargo
- Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Other features at the expo:
- Showcasing of the 2012 Fairline Targa 58, a coupe-style boat with a stateroom
- Jetlev, personal jetpack
- Walk on water without getting wet with the Bubble Rollers water balls
- An opportunity to compete in the U.S. Air Guitar Championships
- A wing-eating contest sponsored by Hooters
- Expo of marine accessory products and services
Parking is made available adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel and Marina.
The Port of San Diego and its 600 tenants are committed to bringing the public to the waterfront. One of the Port’s goals is to protect and improve the environmental conditions of San Diego Bay and the surrounding Tidelands. After investing more than $1.5 billion in public improvements, the Port provides outdoor recreational opportunities for boaters, cyclists, fisherman, runners, children, and art enthusiasts along the waterfront.
More information about the event or ticket discounts can be found on the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show website.