Dear Friends and Visitors to the Annapolis Boat Shows:
It is that special time of year in Annapolis where we welcome tens of thousands of boaters from around the world to this great historic seaport. We thank you for joining this amazing fraternity of boaters, gathering together to enjoy the oldest in-water powerboat show in the country. We have tried very hard to create a show with interesting activities, features, social events, and educational opportunities designed to delight you and make your trip to Annapolis most rewarding.
Every fall for 43 years, this show has entertained and amazed boaters from around the world. It has been produced at City Dock in Annapolis and has been the largest in-water powerboat show north of Fort Lauderdale. The economy took its collective foot off the pedal in 2008, but our show continued on and people continued to flock to Annapolis in October. Since then, the shows have grown back little by little as the boating economy rebounded and consumers have returned in increasing numbers. We know that many of you are repeat visitors, and that you come from the Mid-Atlantic States, but also from most other US states and from over twenty two countries around the world. You come here with a purpose; to compare the top models from the best boat and yacht manufacturers and to buy a boat. Your loyalty and support of the industry and this show is the reason we are able to produce this extravaganza year after year.
We hope you will enjoy the new features and events within the event that have been created to keep our show fresh and your interest peaked. This year, we are adding a very special area we are calling The Luxury Pavilion, presented by The Boat Village and sponsored by DuPont REGISTRY. Luxurious yachts, exotic automobiles, Florida Motor-Coaches, wine tasting and luxury lifestyle goods will be featured in abundance.
Brokerage Cove will return for only its second year with a huge array of pre-owned brokerage boats available for immediate sale, and sponsored by YachtWorld.com. The purpose-built marina is located just inside the Spa Creek Bridge in St. Mary’s Cove. You can literally buy the boat on the weekend and drive it away on Monday, bound for warmer climes for the winter.
Thursday, October 16th is VIP Preview Day, designed for serious buyers to spend extra quality time with manufacturer’s reps and brokers. This year we have added an opening evening party called the VIP Preview Party that will take place on the upper deck of Pussers Caribbean Grille. All those attending the show that day are invited for free hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, a cash bar and socializing with fellow boaters and exhibitors.
We want to thank our sponsors, including BoatUS, AIM Marine Group, Geico, Shore Premier Finance, Pussers, and Sun ‘n Fun Vacations. It is through their support, the cooperation of the City of Annapolis, the good will of area businesses and residents, and the hard work of our boat show staff that we are able to bring this great event to you each year.
We welcome you. We thank you. And we hope you have an enjoyable and rewarding visit to Annapolis.
Cheers, Paul Jacobs
President, Annapolis Boat Shows