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Charleston Boat Show Powers Into Town January 27-29

CHARLESTON, S.C., – For the forty-third consecutive year, the Charleston Boat Show returns January 27-29. The annual popular show is held inside and outside the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex. Show producer JBM & Associates is planning a bigger show than ever before with more boats, more exhibitors, and three full days of activities for the entire family.

Jacqui McGuinness, president of JBM & Associates, says exhibitors will be set up inside and outside the convention center featuring more than 85 boat models from top brands. “Last year we had more than 11,000 people come through the show,” she says, “and we expect another great turnout this year.”

“This is the region’s biggest boat show and serves as a christening for newly introduced models,” explains McGuinness. “It’s the first opportunity for many boaters in the region to see all the latest lines under one roof.”

Boat types include powerboats, Jon boats, skiffs, cruisers, ski boats and jet skis. There will be new and brokerage boats, and a wide array of marine products and services.

Family Activities

The Charleston Boat Show will also feature activities for the entire family including:

Captain Dave Mariano of Wicked Tuna

Sponsored by “Fishing Nosara”

Located in Exhibit Hall by Fishing Nosara Booth

Captain Dave Marciano is professional commercial fisherman and a cast member of the reality TV Show “Wicked Tuna” on the National Geographic Channel (streaming on Disney+). The show is based on the commercial tuna fishermen in Gloucester, Massachusetts and began airing on the National Geographic Channel on April 1, 2012. Captain Marciano is an original cast member.

Captain Don Dingman’s “Hook the Future” Kids Fishing Clinics

Located in the Parking Garage lower-level

Captain Don is back by popular demand to share his fishing wisdom with kids of all ages. Each kid who participates will receive a free rod and reel combo.

Music, Food & Beverage: There will also be live music all weekend featuring Chris Dodson, Justine Hodge & Jack Triebold. A food truck rodeo and bars providing a full array of spirits and non-alcoholic beverages including exclusive Charleston Boat Show Brews compliments of Holy City Distribution, Carolina Brewery and Brew Lab Charleston. Also, don’t miss the incredible Fisher’s Island Lemonade.

Other Fun:

Face painting for children and more to come!

Dates, Times, Price, and Location

The Charleston Boat Show opens Friday, Jan. 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors over 65 and military with ID; and $6 for children ages 4 to 12. A two-day pass is available for $20. For details and to purchase discount tickets, visit

The Charleston Area Convention Center is located at 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418.

The Charleston Boat Show is hosted by the Tri-County Marine Trade Association and produced by JBM & Associates. The show is sponsored by Maritime Insurance International, Holy City Distribution and Fisher’s Island Lemonade.

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