The old will meet the new at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Cedar Point Boat Show which is getting a major overhaul to include more features and visitor experiences when it docks for 4 days in Sandusky, Ohio, August 22-25 this year.

“This year we wiped the slate clean,” said show manager Michelle Burke, “and started out with one premise: that the old show is over and we intend to stage a well-rounded boating event that includes new ideas and exciting features to give everyone many reasons to attend.”

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 in Sandusky just a stone’s throw from the Cedar Point show site. It will include Lyman historical displays, a boat from each of the 9 decades Lymans were built there, plus additional Lymans on land and in-water, the latter 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 in 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. “Ii will be a show within a show,” says Burke.

All that nostalgia will be surrounded by other “new” show features. For example, a first-ever “Parking Lot Sale” will be held in which dealers offer new and pre-owned boats at clearance prices. Also, the old food service will be gone, replaced by selected food trucks to provide a much bigger variety for show visitors. And, there will be an expanded variety of live musical entertainment performed daily.

A first-ever schedule of on-stage seminars covering topics like important winterizing tips, the latest smartphone boating apps, Walleye and Smallmouth clinics, and more will be included in the big marine accessories tent that’s also being relocated to become the show’s entrance this year.

Everything won’t be new, however. One of the oldest and most popular features, “Discover Sailing,” will be back. Since first initiated, professional instructors from Harbor North have taken out more than 600 show visitors that want a chance to sample sailing out on Sandusky Bay. Guests actually take the helm and trim sails for a true sailing experience.

All this will be surrounded by some 400 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.

The Cedar Point show is the oldest and largest in-water show on the Great Lakes. More than 12,000 boaters from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania annually attend. 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.

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