The Newport Boat Show returns this week for its 44th year, offering casual admirers and serious buyers alike a chance to get close to about 200 vessels, show organizers say.
The in-water show Thursday through Sunday at Lido Marina Village will feature a range of new and “ocean-tested” power and sail vessels, some of them with the aforementioned sunny sea sobriquets or other merry maritime monikers.
A show like this — the biggest yacht show in the West, organizer Duncan McIntosh said — requires significant infrastructure, including about three-quarters of a mile of dock space. Workers have been setting up for about a week and a half.
On Tuesday morning, more than 100 show boats were already in place.
The vessels range from Duffy electric models to 18- to 35-foot Boston Whaler cuddy cabins to trawlers to deluxe yachts.
On the big and bigger side, look for a 70-foot Sunreef Power catamaran, a 72-foot Oyster yacht named Holo Kai and an 85-foot Ocean Alexander Motoryacht.
Vendors onshore and on the water will offer products and services.McIntosh said he expects 10,000 to 12,000 people to visit the four-day show.Gates open at noon for opening day Thursday.