Contact: Michelle Burke (216) 244-4875
BIG CHANGES AT BOAT SHOW OPENING THURSDAY
The 2019 Progressive Cedar Point Boat Show opens Thursday boasting numerous new features and attractions expected to draw more than 10,000 boaters to look over 300-plus power and sailboats slated for display. The shown runs 4 days, August 22-25.
“We’ve made more changes and additions than ever before to this long-standing show,” explains Michelle Burke, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association. “The added attractions and entertainment make it now as much a boating event as the display of great boats ranging from one-man kayaks to 60-foot million-dollar motor yachts.”
While climbing aboard new boats is still expected to be the number one reason boaters come to this show, the many new features are intended to give everyone more reasons to attend. These run the from unique historical displays to first-ever hands-on demonstrations and activities, all likely to garner rave reviews from show goers.
For example, boating history will come alive in a special “Lymans Coming Home” event that will celebrate the 9 decades this venerable Lake Erie-designed boat was built just a stone’s throw from the Cedar Point show site. It will include never-before-seen Lyman historical displays, an actual boat from each of the 9 decades Lymans were built in Sandusky, plus additional Lymans on land and in-water, some of the latter even offering visitors a ride on Sandusky Bay.
More history will be evident as the traditional “Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show” will also be held inside the Cedar Point show for the first time. It will be adjacent to the Lyman section and feature a variety of classic runabouts shown by proud owners. “It will be a show within a show,” promises Burke.
All that nostalgia will be surrounded by other “new” show features. For example, a high-tech contrast to the old will be found in the all-new Yamaha Outboards “In-Water Demo Tour.” It centers on a unique 40-foot display trailer highlighting the outboard maker’s new 425 h.p. XTO Offshore performance engine as well as Yamaha’s unique Helm Master Systems that allows boat control with the tap of a joystick.
Also new this year is the “Lake Erie Marketplace” featuring the original works of many local craftsmen and artisans. Exhibits will include paintings, pottery, photography, wood crafts and more, all primarily reflecting a nautical theme and capturing the beauty and essence of Ohio’s waterways.
Add to that a chance to learn scuba hands-on, or should we say under water! Visitors over the age of 10 can don full scuba gear and plunge into the ‘Go Dive Now Pool,” a 30-foot, 15,000-gallon pool staffed by dive professionals. It’s free and no prior registration is required.
More hands-on opportunities will be found in the first-ever “Water Sports Toys Center.” It’smbelieved to be the first boat show in the nation to offer wakesurfing and wake boarding demonstrations – not on a stage but actually out on the water! Also included in the new Toys Center will be a wide variety of other water sports items from Akron’s popular Sun Valley Sports, including: towable tubes, water skis, wakeboards, surfboards, vests and accessories. And the Toy Center will have Hobie kayaks and Eclypse SUPs, with some Hobie kayaks ready for visitors to paddle around in the Water Sports Lagoon.
A field of dreams for bargain hunters could be the first-ever “Parking Lot Sale” section. It’s an anything goes area where dealers and service companies can offer anything nautical – from boats, motors, and trailers to accessory equipment at ‘move-them-out’ low prices!
It’s ‘move it out’ to the old food service, too, replaced this year by a “Food Truck Rally” featuring popular locals bearing familiar names like Berardi’s, Heavy G’s, Doughin’ Crazy, among others. Also new is a “Waterside Pub” overlooking the fleet of show boats with beverages and daily live music by Lake Erie Islands favorites like Pat Shepherd and Greg Crowe.
Finally, not everything will be new. One of the oldest and most popular features, “Discover Sailing,” will be back to offer visitors a chance to sample real sailing on Sandusky Bay. Guests will man the helm, trim sails for a genuine hands-on experience.
All this will be surrounded by some 300-plus new power and sailboats ranging from inflatables to motor yachts, most on display dockside. Many 2020 model boats will be getting their first public showing, too. “We’ll have literally every major brand this year represented by dealers from around Ohio,” promises Burke. “And, one of the trademarks of this show is that many of the boats are positioned so than can offer sea trials and demo rides,” she added.
Even the hours are new, increased to make the show more convenient for visitors. They will be: Opening Thursday (Aug. 22) 12 Noon to 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday (Aug. 23-24) 10:00 am to 7:30 pm; and Sunday, (Aug. 25) 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For discount advance ticket offers, go to: www.cedarpointboatshow.com.