The boat show season is in full swing and continues with the 41st Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show November 29th through December 2nd.
Billed as the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, the event takes place at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, FL.
The show is directly across from the City Marina South Yacht Basin off Demens Landing and will feature a comprehensive selection of power boats and sailboats in water and on land. The latest in large yachts, family cruisers, fishing boats, runabouts, and sailing yachts is sure to delight the crowd, and the 40,000-square-foot enclosed tent will show off almost every type of marine gear available—perfect for holiday shopping.
If that’s not enough, kids and adults will find a variety of activities to learn about and enjoy the boating lifestyle. The IGFA School of Sportfishing hosts four free seminars on Saturday: Master the Flats for Redfish, Snook, and Trout; Targeting Gamefish on Nearshore Wrecks and Reefs; Bluewater Pelagics off Florida’s West Coast, and Pro Tips for Tampa Tarpon. Hook the Future, a program that revolves around fishing to spend quality time with your children, will host hour-long fishing clinics for kids ages 4-16 on both Saturday and Sunday.
Head to the Duke Energy Center/Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum if arriving by automobile. Plenty of parking is available at the municipal parking garages and at the Albert Whitted Airport alongside the show grounds; onsite parking is $10. The Downtown Looper Trolley is also a convenient option. The City Marina has transient dockage as well as a mooring field, so call now to check on available space.
By Steve Davis, Southern Boating November 2018
Boat Show Schedule
Thursday, November 29: 10AM-6PM
Friday, November 30: 10AM-6PM
Saturday, December 1: 10AM-7PM
Sunday, December 2: 10AM-5PM
FREE: “Kids Experience” for ages 15 and younger
FREE: Veterans and active duty military with ID/proof of service
$17 for ages 16 and older (valid for one day)
NOTE: No pets allowed except guide dogs and licensed working dogs