PANAMACITY— The inaugural Panama City Yacht and Boat Show takes over the Panama City Marina this weekend, offering hundreds of new and brokered vessels on display, as well as vendors, seminars and test-rides.
Whether you’re interested in center consoles, cruisers, motor yachts, pontoons, skiffs, runabouts or deck boats, there will be a dealer with just what you’re looking for. Boats are the main attraction, but more than 50 vendor booths will be open as well, all housed under one giant tent and exhibiting everything from sunglasses, apparel and art, to boat lifts, engines, electronics, tackle and accessories.
Organizers estimate more than 10,000 attendees will enjoy the boats, beer, entertainment and waterfront atmosphere that only St. Andrew Bay can offer. The location makes for easy access, whether arriving by car or by boat; joined with the land and water exhibit space, location is a key reason the Panama City Marina was chosen for the show.
“It’s a boat show. Drive your boat with pride into Panama City Marina. We have plenty of public boat parking (for) day boaters,” organizers said. “The downtown atmosphere just adds icing to the cake for the after boat show festivities.”
Organizers said there are only two major boat shows along the Panhandle, and it has been years since one this size was hosted by Panama City. With both in-water and land exhibits, attendees will be able to see new and brokerage vessels from 16 to more than 60 feet long. Exhibit space was in such demand that it sold out more than five months before the show.
Major outboard engine manufacturers including Yamaha and Evinrude will show off factory demo boats, giving you the ride of your life and the opportunity to feel the power of today’s most advanced outboard engines driven by factory trained drivers. Demo rides are given each day of the show, but attendees must sign up at individual booths in order to participate.
There will be hourly giveaways and door prizes, totaling more than $5,000 in prizes over the weekend.Each prize is guaranteed to have a minimum $50 retail value, and you must be registered to win at the show and be present to collect a prize.
Paul Bedard from Animal Planet’s TV series “Gator Boys” will be appearing both Saturday and Sunday, and free daily seminars by Capt. Chris Caldwell will cover cruising the Gulf Coast, Florida Keys and the Bahamas. (Check the website, PCBoatShow.com, for a full schedule.)
Panama CityYacht & Boat Show
- When:10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday
- Where:Panama City Marina, at the south end of Harrison Avenue
- Admission:$8, free for children 12 and younger
- Details:PCBoatShow.com (prepurchase tickets at a discount via the website)
- 11 a.m.: “Cruising the Gulf Coast ICW from New Orleans to Mobile”
- 2 p.m.: “Rules of the Road Made Simple”
- 3:30 p.m.: “Dinner Aboard”
- 11 a.m.: “Cruising the Panhandle, Mobile to Apalachicola”
- 2 p.m.: “Cruising the Florida Keys”
- 3:30 p.m.: “Pets Aboard”
- 11 a.m.: “Okeechobee Waterway, Fort Myers to Stuart Fl.”
- 3 p.m.: “Bahamas Bound: Destination Abacos”