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Bay Bridge Boat Show opens today

More than 400 boats up to 75 feet long will be on display at the 36 annual Bay Bridge Boat Show, which opens today at 10 a.m. at the Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Md.

One of the largest shows north of Florida, the show traditionally marks the beginning of the boating season on Chesapeake Bay.

“Due to the strength of the economy we are seeing a resurgence of boating as the go-to family activity for fishing, weekend cruising, picnicking, skiing and wake boarding and exploring the many tributaries to Chesapeake Bay,” said Paul Jacobs president of the Annapolis Boat Shows in a statement. “Hundreds of center consoles, express cruisers, wake and ski boats, pontoon boats, and a myriad of others will be on display. For the small car-top boating type, we will have kayaks, SUPs, inflatables, small engines and paddle sport platforms of all kinds.”

He continued, “At the other end of the spectrum, the entire range of trawlers, spectacular blue water cruisers and offshore fishing yachts will also be exhibited in large numbers. This show is unique in the variety of boats on display, both on land and in water. It’s a must see for anyone excited to immerse themselves in the boating lifestyle and plan their summer boating season.”

Boats on display will range from eight to 70 feet including more than 100 fishing boats from 35 manufacturers. Two dozen exhibitors will offer demonstrations from the docks inside the show at the PropTalk Demo Dock. The list of boats available for sea trial is at annapolisboatshows.com.

Additionally, more than 100 on-land displays will have navigational equipment, electronics, inflatable boats, marine accessories, clothing, gear and related services including clubs, charter companies, insurance firms and lending programs.

Chesapeake Bay magazine will offer six free one-hour seminars each day and Shore Tackle and Custom Rods will provide a look at fly-rod building techniques. Volunteers from the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society will host a day of wooden classics, vintage raceboats and other vessels. Finally, a children’s area will have a bounce house and face painting. For dining and refreshments, there will be beer stations, an expanded food court and a poll bar.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices are $12 for an adult for a single day and a two-day combo pass is $19. Children 12 and under are free. On-site parking is available with a $3 donation going to support the Kent Island High School Athletic Boosters.

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