Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association and the Drystack Conference.

Next week, the Washington Park waterfront in Michigan City, Ind., will host a fleet of boats, ranging from small inflatables to powerboats and sailboats, Aug. 19-22 at the 31st annual Michigan City In-Water Boat Show.

"The timing is perfect for everyone," show manager Ken Alvey said. "When the boating season starts to wrap up, dealers will offer some of the best prices. It works for buyers, too, because they can use the fall and winter to get their new purchases ready to launch first thing next spring."

The tall ship Appledore IV will make a special appearance to take attendees for hour-long cruises on Lake Michigan.

Off the docks, several tents will have displays from vendors selling marine electronics, accessories, clothing, sunglasses and other items.

The boat show will share the park for the first time with the Lubeznik Center's long-running Lakefront Art Festival, providing area residents with the "Anchors and Art Weekend."

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The 13th annual boat auction will be held Sept. 4 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

The live auction begins at 1 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the museum.

More than 60 boats, ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers, will be available to the highest bidder.

"Beyond taking an unused or unwanted boat off of people's hands and their receiving a nice tax deduction, the revenue generated by the auction goes directly to help the museum do work like maintaining its fleet of historic vessels," museum boat donations program manager Lad Mills said. "The boat auction is great fun and does great things for the people served by the museum."

Returning to the auction this year is a flea market-style tag sale, where visitors will be able to purchase a variety of boating gear.

Click here to see the selection of boats for sale.

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The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association and Jarrett Bay Boatworks in Beaufort, N.C., are hosting a free regional roundtable discussion on Sept. 9.

The regional roundtable is open to ABBRA members and nonmembers.

ABBRA roundtables offer a chance for marinas, boatyards, and boatbuilding and repair businesses to discuss common problems and solutions within the marine industry.

For information or to register, call Jessica Slemons at (401) 247-0318 or e-mail Please RSVP no later than Sept. 3.

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A detailed seminar agenda for the ninth Drystack Conference, scheduled for Oct. 24-26, and the annual Southeast Florida Marina Study Tour, scheduled for Oct. 27-28, is now available on the Association of Marina Industries' website.

The events, organized by the International Marina Institute, are being held at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale.

IMI's biannual Drystack Conference is a three-day event that includes exhibits, seminars and networking opportunities for marina industry professionals. Seminar topics will focus on dry-storage expansion, equipment and maintenance operator training, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System vessel-wash regulations, automated dry-storage systems, fire safety in drystack buildings and more.

IMI's Southeast Florida Marina Study Tour is a mobile classroom that takes students on tours of seven leading marinas over two days. Marinas this year include Rybovich Superyacht Marina, New Port Cove, Old Port Cove, the City of Hollywood Municipal Marina, Bill Bird Marina, and Miami Beach Marina.

Click here for a full agenda of events.


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