Boat Show returns to Ocean City after 2021 hiatus | News
The Seaside Boat Show, the Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club’s annual marine extravaganza, returns to the Ocean City Roland E. Powell Convention Center this weekend.
Boat show co-chair Charlie Dorman said the vendor area for this year’s event is sold out, meaning hundreds of vessels, boat brokers, equipment, services, fishing gear and water sports related organizations will be on hand for the thousands of expected visitors. .
“I think it’s going to be one of our busiest boat shows because everyone wants to get out of the house,” Dorman said. “I think it will be fantastic.”
The show will feature approximately 350 boats with over 50 boat dealers among the approximately 150 exhibitors.
“We have the White Marlin Open tournament here,” he said. “They sell their T-shirts, their books and all that good stuff.”
Alongside the White Marlin Open, marinas will advertise boat slips, insurance companies will help ensure boats are covered, and artists and jewelers will peddle their creations.
The main attraction, of course, will be the boats – anything from fishing boats, pontoon boats and jon boats.
Ocean City Kayak, located on Ocean Gateway in West Ocean City, will also be at the show with kayaks, Hobie catamarans, and more.
“They’re coming,” Dorman said. “They rented an entire room to store their stuff.”
Although the confines of the convention center do not lend themselves to the display of yachts and the like, it will not be uncommon to see larger fishing boats with three outboard motors attached to the stern, selling for more than $200,000.
Some of the dealerships expected to exhibit boats at the boat show are Taylor Marine, North Bay Marina, Bayside Jet Drive, Route 113 Boat Sales and Service, and the Mid Atlantic Marine Center.
The North Bay Marina even donated a pontoon boat equipped with an outboard motor, which will be given away during the show.
The show runs all weekend, starting Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $1 for children.
Minus expenses, the money raised allows the Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club to distribute scholarships and help children in Worcester County.
“This is our one and only fundraiser right now…to give scholarships to kids,” Dorman said.
The scholarships help local high school students pay for their college education. But the money goes to more than that.
Dorman said the Optimist Club sponsors just about every baseball and football team, so the money will help them as well.
Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to attend the boat show for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in recognition of the new addition to the convention center.
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.
“It’ll be a mess because it’s our busiest time of the day,” Dorman joked. But with his spirits high and a sold-out show ahead of him, Dorman felt optimistic.
“It’s going to be a great weekend, for the people and the boat dealers.”