Inaugural DC Boat Show is coming to National Harbor, MD, May 5-7, 2023.
Date Posted: March 21, 2023
Source: Staff Report

The boating season officially kicks off this May when over 40 boat dealers will be displaying over 300 boats on land and in water at the Inaugural DC Boat Show at National Harbor.

Attendees will have the opportunity to climb aboard a wide variety of vessels from Sail to Power, and New to Quality Pre-Owned for immediate sale and to order. Tour the boats, grab food and drinks, listen to live music throughout the show, peruse the vendor tents for the latest in boating gear, meet the experts, and commune with boaters from local and far away harbors! National Harbor is one of many boating destinations on the Potomac River, stay for the weekend and take the water taxi to Old Town Alexandria, The Wharf, or Georgetown!

The event brings the first boat show since the winter convention center shows, to the DC area and is easily accessible by the Capital region boating community including those located at the District Wharf and other marinas. 

The DC Boat Show will have a lot to offer in the way of entertainment with live music in three locations throughout the weekend. A beach party is scheduled for Saturday May 6th where musician Shawn Owen will play off the back of a Lagoon Catamaran. The Bobby McKeys Group will have a performance with their dueling piano routine that same afternoon in Spirit Park. More than 15 live musicians will perform throughout the weekend at various places in the show!

Pernod Ricard, the Official Spirits Sponsor, will be providing drinks from their vast portfolio of premium brands including Absolut, Jameson, Beefeater, Malibu, and Kahula. Buck Distrbuting will provide beer brands such as Miller Light, Coors and Craft Breweries like Dogfish.

The list of specialty cocktails in the VIP Canopy includes fun refreshments like Lillet Spritz, Malfy Gin, Absolut Bloody Marys and Espresso Martinis.

"We are excited to bring a boat show back to the DC area and connect boaters with dealers from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia in one place. This is a professionally curated show to mirror the high-end boating lifestyle on the Potomac and the Bay", said Kelly Stewart, Co-Owner of The DC Boat Shows at National Harbor. "Whether you are a long-time boat owner or want to learn more about boat clubs and chartering there is no better place to start your 2023 boating season. We encourage you to stay the weekend at National Harbor and explore all of the new waterfront options on the Potomac conveniently connected by a top notch water taxi system."

Boat dealers from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia include Annapolis Boat Sales, Annapolis Watersports, Annapolis Yacht Sales, Bluewater Yacht Sales, Chesapeake Whalertowne, Chesapeake Yacht Center, Chessie Marine Sales, Chronic Sailing, David Walters Yachts, Dimillos Yacht Sales, Dominion Yachts, Freedom Boat Club, Galahad Marine, Hacker Boat Company, Hoffmasters Marine, Holly Acres, Ingenity Electric, Jamison Yachts, Jim's Marine, Lake of the Woods Marine, Marine Max, North Point Yacht Sales, Occoquan Harbor Marina, Pocket Yacht Co., Port Annapolis Marina, Potomac Marine, Prince William Marina, PYY Marine, Riverside Marine, Rudy Marine, Sailaway Catamarans, Seattle Yachts, Shaod & Miracle Boat/Jet Ski Rental, Solace Boats, Tradewinds Marina, Tri-State Marine and Yacht Brokers of Annapolis. 

General Admission tickets start at $40 per day, VIP Tickets are $175 per day and come with many benefits including a catered food tent, open bar with specialty cocktails, parking pass, round trip water taxi ticket, access to a cigar roller, beauty consultations, swag bag, and more. 

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Reserve your room: Hyatt Place National Harbor has a room block reserved for boat show attendees.

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