2019 Catawba Island Boat and Yacht Show

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

Port Clinton, Ohio — The 15th annual Progressive Catawba Island Boat and Yacht Show is slated to open Friday in the exclusive Catawba Island Club marina where more than 125 boats will be on display. The show will run through Sunday. 

To Ohio’s boat lovers anxious to start another summer, this event has become as much a season kick-off party as a showcase of power and sailboats ranging in size from small inflatables to 50-foot-plus motor yachts. In addition, dozens of nautical accessory and service displays will ring the picturesque marina basin.

“While this show keeps growing in size and popularity,” says Michelle Burke, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association that produces the show, “our addition of entertainment and special events that visitors can enjoy when they’re not boarding boats really makes it a celebration of spring.”

Headlining daily on the show’s Entertainment Deck overlooking the marina will be Steve Brownell, the popular singer/songwriter that performs for thousands at both Put-in-Bay and Kelley’s Island every summer. Brownell’s latest Nashville album entitled “No Matter What” includes original tunes like “We Are Americans” and his shows always pack a great mix of music with humor.

Original also characterizes the artwork of Bailey VanKirk, the popular Ohio artist and gallery owner who will be painting live during the show. VanKirk’s photorealist style captures the beauty of life around the Lake Erie Islands. Show visitors will be invited to make a $5 donation to the Lake Erie Foundation and be entered in a drawing for the completed oil painting to be given away Sunday night.

The LEF will benefit in other ways, too, because it’s at the forefront of efforts to insure the lake’s health and long-term future. Boat show visitors can enjoy special wine tasting events from which all the proceeds will go to LEF. And, not to be left out, beer lovers will have their chance to do the same at special craft brews events during the show.

But fun and entertainment aside, the stars of the show remain the wide variety of boats that will be dockside, open for boarding and even available for sea trials where applicable. For example, a large fleet of fishing machines will present a choice from compact center consoles to triple-engine high performers, all ready to chase Walleye, Perch and Smallmouth this season.

In many cases, new models that dealers from across northern Ohio have received since the winter boat shows will be displayed for the first time. Many will also be yachts too large to be transported to the winter indoor shows. And, there will be a limited selection of hand-picked pre-owned boats, too.

Sailing is also an important part of the show. And there’s special emphasis on newcomers desiring to find out if sailing might be right for them. A special show feature called “Discover Sailing” will offer a unique chance to get out on a large sailboat and experience it first-hand. As part of the Harbor North display, each “Discover Sailing” boat will be manned by a licensed captain. Prospective sailors will take the helm for a real taste of cruising along under with the wind. Sail brands expected at the show include Hanse, Beneteau, Jeanneau among others.

The Catawba Island Club is located on the northwest side of the Catawba peninsula, off Northwest Catawba Road. Show hours will be: Friday (April 26), 12 Noon to 6 PM; Saturday (April 27), 10 AM to 6 PM; Sunday (April 28), 11AM to 5 PM. Admission and parking are all FREE.

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