Shows and Events


This roundup of shows and events includes news from the Lido Yacht Expo in California and the Boating & Outdoor Festival in Michigan.

There’s a lot to see at the 33rd annual Lido Yacht Expo, which is set for Sept. 22-25 at Lido Marina Village, Calif.

Along with the West Coast’s largest in-the-water assembly of large yachts for sale - more than 200 of them - show-goers will have an opportunity to check out the 113-foot wooden tall ship Irving Johnson and see live demonstrations of the high-tech JetLev water-powered jet pack personal flight system.

This year’s Lido Yacht Expo also offers sailing enthusiasts a Sailboat Dock, where they can board and compare the latest in sailing vessels from top Western dealers.

The expo is produced by the Duncan McIntosh Co., publisher of Sea Magazine, Boating World, The Log Newspaper, FishRap and Editor & Publisher, and producer of the Newport Boat Show.

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With three weeks left until the Boating & Outdoor Festival Sept. 22-25 at Michigan’s Metro Beach Metropark, the number of exhibitors and space sales has surpassed the 2010 event, organizers said.

“The positive experience MBIA created last year has encouraged past exhibitors to sign up earlier and new exhibitors to join the successful event,” MBIA director of exhibit sales Neil Williams said in a statement. “Many exhibitors have increased their footprint and are bringing in more products.”

More than 100 exhibitors and more than 350 boats on land and in the water will be displayed at the festival. Show-goers also can expect an increase in the diversity of products, as specialty sections have been added, including waterfront living, fishing village and fine art.

BRP will host its “Ultimate Playground,” a demo riding experience, at Metro Beach. Preregistration is required.


Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar

For 20 Years, FarSounder has been developing and manufacturing 3D forward-looking sonar for vessels of all sizes.

Dometic Marine Appoints Executives

The company promotes a 20-plus-year employee and adds a vice president of aftermarket sales and e-commerce.

IMEA Launches Scholarship Program

The International Marine Electronics Alliance aims to recruit students into the field of marine technology.

RBFF Campaign Reels in Awards

The fishing-and-boating advocacy group’s Get on Board campaign was recognized by two national public relations organizations.

Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project

Testing of the engine manufacturer’s microplastics filtering device continues as it moves closer to production. The company also released its full-year financials.

Uflex Adds to Sales and Marketing Team

The company said significant growth during the last few years created the need to add three employees.

NMTA Beats Proposal To Double Excise Tax

It’s just one example of the value of belonging to a state or local marine trade association. Are you a member of an MTA?