Thursday marks the beginning of 13th installment of Dana Point Harbor Boat Show 

Whether dreaming or buying, more than 150 boats will be on display for perusing this weekend at the OC Dana Point Harbor. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Whether dreaming or buying, more than 150 boats will be on display for public perusing this weekend at the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Dana Point Times

By land and sea, power and sail, new and used, more than 150 boats will call Dana Point their home harbor this weekend as the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show makes its arrival.

Running from Thursday through Sunday, the 13th year of the Boat Show touts its most prevalent land presence yet, with over 50 dry-docked boats and 100 exhibitors, showing the latest in water recreational products and services—the largest land display in Southern California, said Ray Hebert, producer of the boat show.

Hebert, who has produced boat shows for over 25 years, extended his line of shows to include the Dana Point Harbor nearly 14 years ago, after years of successful shows in the Marina Del Rey and Channel Island harbors. Hebert said the local show was a natural fit, and called Dana Point a “unique” harbor and “one of the most idyllic harbors along the coast.”

With nearly 10,000 people in attendance last year, Hebert said, he expected much of the same turn out this year. He added, with the last four to five years of the economic recession in the past, the boating industry was seeing a turn around. Hebert said it is encouraging to see that people have weathered the storm and are back in the market to purchase boats.

Whether guests are just looking or in the market to buy, the boat show offers a chance to get up close to vessels, from one-person kayaks to 70-foot yachts and explore marine exhibits on solar energy and insurance.

WHERE:

OC Sailing & Events Center and OC Dana Point Harbor public docks, 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point, CA 92629

Parking will be available in all Harbor parking lots with shuttles running from stops along Dana Point Harbor Drive every ten minutes, starting 30 minutes before the show and ending 30 minutes after the event closes. Shuttle stops include the Ocean Institute, Baby Beach, Mariner’s Village and Doheny State Beach.

WHEN:

Thursday, May 30—Noon to 7 p.m.
Friday, May 31—Noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 1—10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 2—10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HOW MUCH:

Buyers and dreamers can browse this year’s boat show for free on Thursday afternoon or for $1 all-day Friday, with dollar specials on hot dogs, sodas and beer. For weekend visitors over the age of 12, tickets are $12, and children with an accompanying adult can enter for free. Coupons and a discounted price are available online, at www.danaboatshow.com.

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