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San Diego boat show opens today with many West Coast debuts

Many popular boat brands will be unveiling models to the West Coast market at the San Diego International Boat Show that opens today in Harbor Island and runs through Sunday. More than 150 boats will be on display.

Among those boats making their debuts are the Absolute 50 Fly, which will be presented by SeaNet, and the Jeanneau 440 and 490, both of which will be in the Cruising Yachts display.

South Coast Yachts will present the Beneteau Oceanis 51.1, Beneteau GT50 Sport Fly, Wellcraft center consoles and Four Winns runabouts.

Show organizers say they’ll have boat types ranging from entry-level family models to personal watercraft to sailboats and motoryachts, plus a broad selection of nautical gear and accessories.

“We’re bringing all types of boats to the show, so there will something for everyone,” said Duncan McIntosh, the show producer, in a statement. “It’s a great weekend out for the family to come out, check out some of the best boats on the water and enjoy the boating lifestyle. There will also be superyachts on display and several debuts.”

Sponsors for this year’s show include the California Boater Card, Novamar insurance, the Port of San Diego and Nissan’s American Titan.

The Port of San Diego’s Tidelands Activation Program is designed to bring alive the waterfront with events that engage the community. The program awards grant funds and waives service fees to community organizations for public events along the waterfront.

Nissan’s American Titan is advertised as a truck that is “designed, engineered, tested, assembled and powered in America.”

California’s division of boating has rolled out the California Boater Card that will soon be required of every boat operator in the state.

Show hours are Thursday and Friday noon through 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is located at Spanish Landing Park, East and parking is $20 at a remote lot. Admission is $15 for adults with a $5 discount for military personnel with an ID and kids under 12 get in free.

Tickets can be purchased at www.sandiegointernationalboatshow.com.

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