The 6th Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place April 29-May 1 at Safe Harbor Essex Island, located in Essex, CT. On display will be new and brokerage, power and sail models ranging from 20ft to larger than 65ft from leading boat brands. In addition to boats on the docks, the show will have yacht brokers, gear, artists, accessories, and service companies exhibiting on the lawn.
This year’s boat show seeks to raise $30,000.00 for Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C), a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research, an increase up from $22,000 raised at the 2021 show. Sails Up 4 Cancer will benefit from 50% of ticket sales proceeds and will be onsite with additional fundraising opportunities throughout the weekend.
“This show brings many members of the boating industry together to get boaters excited for the season ahead,” said Tom Pilkington. President of Prestige Yacht Sales. “Boats are sold sometimes within the hour of the show opening due to the timing of the show and the season. Interested buyers often are waiting for spring to see their desired boat in the water for a final look before purchase.”
Show attendees from Connecticut, New York, New England and beyond will have the opportunity to compare boats and talk directly with dealers and manufacturers amid an in-water setting to climb aboard boats in the water
“We are always trying to grow the CT Spring Boat Show,” said Ben Cesare, President of Cat’s Paw LLC, which owns and manages the Show along with WindCheck Magazine. “Last year was a huge challenge as we were one of the first events to occur out of pandemic ‘lockdown’ in the northeast.
“This year, we are excited to announce that Rives Potts, President of our host, Safe Harbor Marinas, and internationally renowned sailor, will give a session on what it takes to enter and compete in the Newport Bermuda Race, an event he has won twice.”
Safe Harbor Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private Island, accessed by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. The resort marina is family-friendly and offers food and beverages, and music throughout the weekend. The show will follow all state and local guidelines to ensure a safe experience when visiting the show, rain or shine.
For details: www.ctspringboatshow.com.