Dear Friends and Visitors to Annapolis:
We want to extend a warm welcome to the 45th annual United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. On behalf of the sailing industry and our entire staff, we thank you for making this annual trip from your homes around the world. We know you hail from every state in the union as well as over twenty-seven foreign countries. It is because of your loyal support that these shows remain strong.
In addition to bringing together the largest in-water selection of sailboats representing major builders from around the globe, we strive to present an ever-changing and improving offering of activities and features to keep the shows fresh and interesting. We have introduced our popular Take the Wheel program of classes and boat demos, Vacation Basin to present charter companies, destination resort locations, and charter boat ownership, tasting and hospitality areas, our Preview Day gala, the Premier Launch Party, and new this year – Brokerage Cove, presenting an array of pre-owned boats and East Coast brokers.
Each year, nearly two dozen new boat models are introduced in this show. Over fifty multihulls will be on display, representing arguably the largest selection available in the world. Dozens of new products are introduced, and innovative ownership, maintenance, insurance, and finance programs are kicked off in Annapolis. The who’s who of the sailing industry attends, participates, speaks, and marvels at this annual phenomenon. Boat show specials, buying opportunities at all levels, free seminars, and activities designed to entertain and amaze all come together in one five-day weekend.
Although people come to Annapolis for the boats and the maritime displays, they return home having been enriched by the maritime heritage, the history, and the beauty that is Annapolis. The food selection is unparalleled. Shopping inside and outside the show is to die for. The museums, historic tours, Bed and Breakfasts, Naval Academy, State Capital Building, and historic bars and inns combine as an attraction that will bring you back year after year. This is more than a boat show; it is a maritime and historic extravaganza.
We want to thank our international exhibitor group, our many sponsors, the workers in the city of Annapolis, and the local businesses and residents that make this a most memorable experience for our attendees. If you have questions about parking, transportation, locating a certain exhibitor or a restaurant recommendation, our helpful staff is standing by to assist. Use our program show guide, our new mobile friendly website, our information booths, or anyone wearing an Annapolis Boat Show vest to navigate our show and our town.
I wish you the best boat show ever and a pleasant stay in Annapolis. Thank you for coming.
President and General Manager
Annapolis Boat Shows