2019 Catawba Island Boat and Yacht Show

Contact Michelle Burke, (440) 899-5009 Ext. 15


PORT CLINTON, OH – Dates have been announced for what many have described as “the most beautiful boat show on Lake Erie,” the Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show slated this year from Friday to Sunday, April 26-28.

It will mark the 15th anniversary of this show that annually takes over the prestigious Catawba Island Club marina. It always features more than 125 boats, nearly all displayed in-the-water. It’s also the only time each year the general public can access CIC’s prestigious private marina grounds.

In addition to new models, select pre-owned boats are also a feature of this show. Add to those dozens of exhibits featuring boating accessories, equipment, marinas, services and boating information, all encircling the picturesque CIC marina basin.

One of the prime benefits for show visitors is seeing and boarding 2019 models that have been arriving at dealerships since the big indoor show in Cleveland last January. Obviously, the in-water format also allows dealers to show larger models that couldn’t be efficiently trucked to or displayed at the indoor show. Moreover, the selected pre-owned boats headed for the show are mostly larger models, too.

Perhaps the best feature of the CIC show is that serious prospects can be offered a chance to sea trial a boat. That’s unlike most other in-water shows where most of the boats are pinned in and can’t be run. The boats displayed at CIC traditionally range widely in size and design, from 10-foot inflatables to 60-foot-plus motor yachts.

A distinctly festive atmosphere has become a trademark of the show which has been dubbed by many “the Lake Erie boating season’s kick-off party.” It includes live music on the entertainment deck overlooking the show, special wine-tasting events, a craft beer lover’s party and even a “Discover Sailing” feature for those who want to sample sailing for the first time.

Show admission is free, as is nearby parking with free shuttles. Show hours will be: Friday, 12 Noon to 6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM; Sunday, 11AM to 5 PM. For details, visit: