Boat show docks at Dana Point Harbor for 14th year

More than 100 boating vessels are displayed at the Dana Point Harbor for the 14th annual Boat Show. Photo: Catherine Manso
More than 100 boating vessels are displayed at the Dana Point Harbor for the 14th annual Boat Show. Photo: Catherine Manso

By Catherine Manso

Dana Point Harbor is known for its calm waters, gorgeous views and marine activities for the community including serving as home for the annual Boat Show.

From Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, June 1 the 14th installment of the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show docked in town. Throughout the event people, from across southern California, interested in purchasing a boat or simply perusing, had the opportunity to check out more than 100 new and used sailing and motored vessels being shown by area brokers.

Ray Jones, president of Long Beach Yacht sales, helped interested customers throughout the weekend fulfill their boating needs and reach their boating goals.

“The people who have boats here love this marina and we’ve never experienced that in a boat show before,” Jones said. “It’s been a wonderful experience.”

Boats weren’t the only things sold over the weekend. More than 100 vendors exhibited a variety of marine services and products that were for sale. Vendors varied from transportation, such as Catalina Express which does daily service to Catalina Island, to electronics and beyond.

Almost anything needed on, with or above a boat was available.

Although vendors reported were slimmer than the estimated 10,000 attendees expected to attend this year’s event, the number of boats on display has steadily. During the first boat show 14 years ago only 30 land exhibits were on display. Now, that number has grown to more than 100.

This year organizers allowed the public free entrance on Thursday, which is unusual for a boat show, according to founder and producer Ray Hebert. Hebert, who has 45 years of special events production experience, was an associate producer for the 1984 Olympics and has put together some 400 boat shows.

At the end of last year’s event, Hebert received a report that some 25 boats were sold, adding up to an estimated $10 million in sales. Numbers for this year’s show were about the same, with 25 boats sold for about $9 million.

“This turned out to be a wonderful event,” Hebert said.

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