The U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis, Md., will open as planned at 10 a.m. Thursday amid forecasts calling for sunny weather and temperatures reaching the upper 60s.
This year’s event is expected to be the largest Annapolis powerboat show since the 2008 recession, organizers said. Boaters will browse at least 350 boats, including an extensive collection of center console fishing boats. The show will continue through Sunday.
"We are proud to be able to offer our visitors the opportunity to shop from 40 fishing boat manufacturers, dozens of trawlers and Down East boats and every other type of boat imaginable. It is exciting to see the depth and breadth of the offerings in this year's show," Annapolis Boat Shows president and general manager Paul Jacobs said in a statement.
Capt. Paul Hebert of Wicked Pissah, as seen on the National Geographic television show “Wicked Tuna,” will be at Shades of the Bay, an Annapolis Maui Jim retailer, entertaining showgoers with stories of the sea, signing autographs and posing for selfies.
Hebert’s public appearances are scheduled for Friday at 1 and 4 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This year the Annapolis Boat Shows, Annapolis Yacht Sales and EdgeWater Power Boats are celebrating the 45th birthday of the powerboat show by giving away an EdgeWater 170CC Deep-V center console powerboat as a grand prize.
MarineMax Vacations is also sponsoring a grand prize: a seven-day and six-night Caribbean charter vacation aboard a luxury MarineMax power catamaran in the British Virgin Islands.
Visitors will be able to take demos and sea trials from inside the show at a Demo Dock for boaters to try before they buy new models, engines and stabilizing systems.
Brokerage Cove will feature nearly 70 boats ranging from 25 to 75 feet.