2 Spring Boat Shows Planned In Annapolis

January 24, 1991

Just in time for Chesapeake Bay boating season, and maybe in time toboost a struggling industry, two boat shows will debut this spring in Annapolis.

Shows of new and used boats come courtesy of the sameproducer of the prestigious Annapolis boat shows that dominate City Dock and Harbor each fall.

And they come at a time when many in the maritime industry can barely keep their heads above water.

"In any situation when the market's down, that's never the time to give up on promotion," said Jeffrey Holland, the shows' spokesman.

"If you're ever going to buy a boat, this is the time to do it," he said. "The timing is good in thata lot of dealers will want to clean out their inventory before next year's models start. Yes, there are new tax restrictions, yes, there is a war on and other things affecting the market, but this is no time to lie down and give up."

The first show, sponsored by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, will open the last weekend in April, with new sailboats and powerboats.

At the next show, the first weekend in May, yacht brokers will display used sailboats and powerboats. Yacht Brokers and Architects Association will sponsor that show.

At each show, as many as 200 boats will tie up at the Annapolis Yacht Basin, on Compromise Street between the Marriott Hotel and the Annapolis Yacht Club, and in a grid of floating docks in Annapolis Harbor.

Visitors also can shop for new small boats, including polling boats, rowing shells, yacht tenders, sailing dinghies and inflatables, as well as for new boating equipment, accessories and services at display tents.

International Yacht Shows Inc. will produce the shows. The company has managed the U.S. Sailboat Show and the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis every October since 1970.

Previous spring boat shows at Sandy Point State Park and in Baltimore never took off because they failed to draw enough exhibitors or spectators, Holland said.

"We're hoping a little of the Annapolis mystique will rub off on these shows," he said.

The Annapolis Spring Boat Show will run from April 25 through April 28. Hours extend from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

The Annapolis Brokerage Boat Show will open May 2 through May 5. Hours run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

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