Oct 11, 2018

Annapolis SignAnnapolis invented the in-the-water show in 1970 and it still remains as the last one of its kind in its 49th year- the United States Sailboat Show. Each year, contingents of Canadians troll the docks checking mono- and multi-hulls they may not be able to see in the water anywhere else.

This year the show has added flooring to raise the level two feet higher to keep ahead of annual flooding. Gavin Buckley, The mayor of Annapolis, has acquired a $2 million grant from the state of Maryland for systems to help ease the flooding as well.

Greg Nicoll At Annapolis CYOB’s publisher Greg Nicoll on the dock at Annapolis

Since the show’s boats are in the water, every year Annapolis introduce 400-500 new people to the boating lifestyle through programs like Take-the-wheel to fast track your boating knowledge and Cruising University. Visitors, including Canadians have the opportunity to learn how to live aboard or up your game.

Next year is their 50th anniversary- join in the fun and share your boat show memories at annapolisboatshows.com. The show is always held on Canadian Thanksgiving, so there’s a convenient opportunity to drive down from the eastern areas of Canada.

Our next CY visit to the boat show and see some exceptional power yachts is in Fort Lauderdale at the end of October. See you there!!

New Beneteau at Annapolis

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