April 2016

The Island’s Only In-Water Boat Show Returns in April

Author: Special to CH2

As tourists begin planning their summer vacations to Hilton Head Island, locals and annual visitors begin planning excursions on our warming waters. Just as the early signs of spring start popping up everywhere, from the annual return of osprey to the azalea blooms, Hilton Head Island’s only in-water show is a spring ritual not to be missed. The twelfth annual Hilton Head Island Boat Show is one of the premier in-water boat shows in the Southeast, showcasing boats and outdoor equipment and services required to start enjoying life on the water.

According to boat show organizers, one of the most unique things about the Hilton Head Island Boat Show is the ability for an attendee to schedule an appointment for in-water sea trial, which is an opportunity to take a boat out on the water with a dealer for a test drive.

And new this year, the show will feature a Boat & Yacht Brokerage section, with a wide variety of boats, from outboard motors to sailboats and yachts, with some outstanding deals on premier boating lines.

The show takes place Friday, April 22, from noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Advance admission is $12 per person with children 12 and under free; admission at the gate is $15 per person. Free parking is available in several locations throughout the Windmill Harbour neighborhood; with free trolley shuttle service to the boat show entrance at the South Carolina Yacht Club. Entry to the show is not permitted by boat, and the show takes place rain or shine. The private South Carolina Yacht Club will be open to the public for dining, tours of the clubhouse and facilities. The South Carolina Yacht Club Grill will also have a special Boat Show menu for attendees available from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tickets and additional information on the Hilton Head Island Boat Show are available now at hiltonheadislandboatshow.com. Volunteers are needed to assist in various roles throughout the weekend and can register online.

The harbor of the South Carolina Yacht Club at Windmill Harbour is transformed into the weekend home of magnificent boat displays, recreational watercraft, Coast Guard and Sea Tow Demonstrations, Paddlefest with kayak and stand-up paddleboard demonstrations and clinics, boating and fishing seminars and demonstrations, boating safety seminars, Artisan & Nautical Village, children’s activities and much more. The Windmill Harbour Marina is one of only three private locked harbors on the East Coast, with boat slip rentals and storage available to the public. The private Windmill Harbour gated community offers unparalleled security and convenience to boat owners. 

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