Thursday, June 21, 2012

First Boat Shows of Summer

Summer's here and the time is right for... going to a boat show this weekend...

Durban Boat Show
Photo courtesy of the Durban International Boat Show

There are several nautical events on this weekend's boating and fishing calendar, and if you're not out on the boat - or if you don't have one yet - remember that it's the first weekend of summer. That's the perfect time to head to a boat show. 

Read on for this week's nautical event round-up...

We've looked at this weekend's boating events below; and, as always, you are welcome to jump ahead to the First Boat boat show calendar for a quick look at the lineup of boating and fishing events this weekend and beyond.

Boat Shows and Festivals
Houston, we've got a boat show (love that joke!) There are no problems here... the Houston Summer Boat Show started Wednesday and runs through Sunday, June 24th 2012, at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas.

A little further away than Houston, but well worth the trip, is the Durban International Boat Show at Durban Marina in Durban, South Africa. The show website says that at this time of year Durban is at its balmy best - clear days, bright sunshine and gentle breezes - a wonderful time for looking over everything that's new in the extraordinary world of boating.

If you find yourself on the other side of the planet this weekend, check out the 5th Annual Dalian International Boat Show. Dalian is a major seaport in the south of Liaoning province in Northeast China. It's located at the southern tip of Liaodong Peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, and boasts 1,906 kilometers of coastline. There are 710 isles dotted around Dalian, which makes this sound like a boater's paradise.

On Saturday, you may run into a former VP nominee at the Anchors Aweigh Summer Boat Show. Why? Because this one-day boat show is being held in the infamous town of Wasilla, Alaska, at Rum Runners Resort. Rumor has it you could see Russia from there, in addition to a lot of really great boats.

Other Nautical Events
Northeast boating enthusiasts have plenty to do this weekend, especially in Newport, Rhode Island... 

The Newport Charter Yacht Show ended today (Thursday, 6/21/12), but many of the big yachts are probably sticking around for a few days. If you miss them, you can check out our photos on sister-site Northeast Boater. But if you wander into Newport a few days late, you'll be just in time for the final stop in the inaugural America’s Cup World Series (AC World Series), which will feature both fleet and match racing. Head a little further east this weekend and you'll find the Second Annual 2012 Hyannis Tuna Fest on Cape Cod, with anglers vying for a $10,000 cash prize.


MORE INFO 
There are a few more shows, as well as links to the official websites of all these events and more on the First Boat boat show calendar

Did We Miss One? Got Pics? Please Share!
If we didn't mention a boat show this weekend, please comment on the Daily Boater Facebook page or here as a comment on DailyBoater.com. Thanks, and see you at the next show!

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