The Bay Bridge Boat Show, running April 15-17 on Kent Island, in Stevensville, Md., is 30 percent larger than last year’s show.
The show is expected to be the biggest since the Great Recession, said Paul Jacobs, president and general manager of Annapolis Boat Shows.
"There is tremendous interest in our boat show this year, including an increase in ticket sales, a larger footprint and a surge in new exhibitors, as well as additional space requests from returning ones. With the recent economic recovery of powerboat sales has come a surge in exhibitor space and boat bookings," Jacobs said in a statement.
A new venue featuring motorhomes and campers has been added, and an expanded demo dock features at least two dozen boats, as well as outboards, allowing dealers to conduct sea trials at the show.
"We have been particularly gratified by the number of family and fishing boats under 35 feet sold in the past few shows, indicating a return of the middle income group to boating,” said Jacobs. “Low fuel prices, boat show special pricing, and low interest rates have been significant factors in the recovery of the powerboat industry.”
The show is held at Bay Bridge Marina, and an opening-night barbecue is free to all attendees and exhibitors at 5 p.m.