The event showcases the latest boats available on the market. This year’s version will see a 10 percent increase in growth, which includes more booths and more products than last year, as well as an expansion of in-water boats.
“It’s the premier boat show in San Diego,” said Jim Behun, the show’s producer.
Behun said organizers have had to open up another dock for increased in-water products. This is mainly due to the show bringing in more brokers who can display used boats this year.
For many years, the show was held at the San Diego Convention Center, Behun said, but it moved to the more intimate setting of Harbor Island last year.
“Now, it’s more of a homier feel in this giant tent,” Behun said. “I think eventually as the economy improves the boat show will get bigger.”
He added that dealers are seeing an increase in sales recently because of the good deals being offered in today’s slow economy.
Food, beer and music will be available or those who want to view the latest boat paraphernalia and have a good time. Attendees can also sign up for free rides which range from jet skis to 50-foot power boats.
The Sunroad Boat Show is located at 955 Harbor Island and patrons can park at the Port of San Diego for $10 and take a free shuttle. The show’s hours are noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 27-28 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 29-30.
Entrance fees are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 to 16. Children under 12 get in free. Military, emergency medical technicians, police and fire personal will be admitted free of charge on Jan. 27 with ID. For more information, call (619) 497-5254 or visit www.bigbayboatshow.com.