Southern California show opens today

The new Azimut 53 Magellano will make its West Coast debut at the show.
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The new Azimut 53 Magellano will make its West Coast debut at the show.

The 37th annual Lido Boat Show — the West Coast’s largest fall boat show — opens today at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, Calif., and continues through Sunday.

Along with the West’s biggest array of large yachts, the show will present a wide selection of midsize boats, more than 200 powerboats and sailboats, organizers said.

The new Azimut 53 Magellano will make its West Coast debut at the show.

Alexander Marine will have the latest 72-foot motoryacht from Ocean Alexander on display, along with the Pursuit 365si.

“We’re seeing the net effect of an improving economy, with more new boat models entering this month’s show,” show producer Duncan McIntosh said in a statement. “This promises to be the largest Lido Boat Show in nearly a decade.”

New to the show is the Lido Food Fest, which will run all four days and feature entrees from Slapfish, Cucina Alessa and Bluewater Grill.

Organizers said visitors can inspect and compare motoryachts, sportfishers, family cruisers, sailboats, long-range trawlers and sport yachts from U.S. and international builders, represented by the West Coast’s top boat dealers and yacht brokers.

The show also will feature a selection of new models making their debut, along with boating gear and accessories, marine electronics, engines, generators and yacht services.

Lido Marina Village is at Via Lido and Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach, one block south of the Pacific Coast Highway. Show hours — rain or shine — are noon to 7 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Major credit cards are accepted.

There will be free parking and a continuous shuttle. Guest docks are available for show visitors’ boats as large as 22 feet.


Maine Boatbuilders Show opens tomorrow

In its second year in a new location, the Maine Boatbuilders Show opens tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Portland Sports Complex. Sail and powerboats, plus engines and accessories will all be on display.