Ohio in-water show returns next week

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The Progressive Catawba Island Boat Show is set to return April 28-30 in western Lake Erie.

Marking its 12th year, the in-water show is held at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clilnton, Ohio, and will showcase more than 125 power and sailboats ranging from inflatables to motoryachts, the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association said.

Dozens of accessory, service and equipment displays will ring the picturesque harbor basin. The show has become the symbolic kickoff of the boating season in northern Ohio, organizers said.

Organizers said it is the only time each year that the Catawba Island Club is open to the public. Dealers from Ohio and Michigan will display 2017 models as large as 60 feet, emphasizing many they’ve received since last winter’s shows in Cleveland and Detroit or that were simply too big for the indoor events.

Organizers said there also will be handpicked used boats, and the format of the show encourages easy sea trials.

The spring boating party atmosphere is rounded out with daily live music, craft beer events, a wine-tasting party and Discover Lake Erie Sailing rides. Parking and show admission are always free.

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