SEE A BOUNTY OF BOATS AND COASTAL EXHIBITORS AT THE CONNECTICUT SPRING IN-WATER BOAT SHOW APRIL 30, MAY 1-2ND
Three-day show will inspire boaters and aims to raise $10,000 for Sails Up 4 Cancer​

MEDIA FILES: https://www.dropbox.com/home/2021%20CT%20Spring%20Boat%20Show%20Media%20Files

Essex, CT  - The 5th Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place April 30, May 1-2, 2021 at Safe Harbor Essex Island, located in Essex, CT.  The in-water boat show will raise funds for Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C), a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research.  Sails Up 4 Cancer will benefit from 50% of ticket sales proceeds.

This boat show brings together members of the boating industry to share some of the latest innovations in boating while supporting a great cause.  Show attendees will have an ideal opportunity to compare different boats, dealers and options in one beautiful location.  A unique feature of the in-water show offers interested boat buyers select opportunities for sea trials throughout the weekend; thus, giving prospective buyers a unique ‘try-before-you-buy’ experience. The show will follow all state and local guidelines to ensure a safe experience when visiting the show, rain or shine. 

Visitors will enjoy seeing a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models of all sizes, 20ft to larger than 65ft from Azimut, Brig, Burger, Chris Craft, Destino, Duffy Snug Harbor, Eastern, Everglades, Excess Catamarans, Grand Banks, Hinckley, Island Packet, Jenneau, Jupiter, Limestone, Nordstar, Oceanis, Ocean Master, Sea Hunt, Southport, USMI 11 Meter Naval Special Warfare RIB, Viking, and many other leading boat brands!

In addition to boats on the docks, the show will have yacht brokers, gear, artists, accessories, and service companies on the lawn.  Exhibitors include: Boatique USA, Brewer Yacht Sales, Candock Modular Docks/Suzuki Marine, Captain Morgan's Boat Training and Charters, LLC, Caryn B Davis Photography Connecticut Waters, Conversations with Classic Boats, Chester Point Marina, Chestnut Health Navigation, Current Boating Education, Eastern Yacht Sales, Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, Hook'd Fishing Gear Co., Hydrangea Blue Design, InnSeason Resorts, Ipswich River Craft, McMichael Yacht Brokers, Ltd., Ram Jack, Renewal by Andersen of Southern New England, Sails Up 4 Cancer, Windcheck Magazine, Yelena Talamekki Designs and more.

Safe Harbor Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private Island, accessed by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. The resort marina is family friendly and offers food and beverages, along with live music throughout the weekend.   

Historical Downtown Essex is located on the Connecticut River, a few short miles from Long Island Sound. The small waterfront town is a boating, sailing and tourist destination featuring quaint shops, markets, and restaurants. Bring your family and friends out to enjoy this sea-side boat show.​

The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and hosted by Essex Island Safe Harbor Marina.  Show sponsors include BMW, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Gowrie Group, Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA).  Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details. Contact Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at ben@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.

3 Day Tickets will be offered at $20 per adult and free for children 13 and under, granting access to the show all weekend long.  50% of the proceeds will benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization and local charity who distributes funds to families impacted by cancer.  Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting:  https://www.windcheckmagazine.com/shop/


CT SPRING BOAT SHOW:  The 5th CT Spring Boat Show, April 30, May 1-2, 2021 features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats.  The show is open to the public at Safe Harbor Essex Island, tickets will be required.  50% of proceeds will be donated to Sails Up 4 Cancer.  Free parking is available.  Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details or Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at contactus@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information. 

Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. To learn more, go to SU4C.org.


 

2020 PRESS RELEASES

CONNECTICUT SPRING IN-WATER BOAT SHOW TO BENEFIT SAILS UP 4 CANCER ANNOUNCES 2019 SHOW DATES


Essex, CT (January 24, 2019) The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5 at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT. The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Essex Island Marina, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and YachtWorld. 100% of attendee gate proceeds will go to Sails Up 4 Cancer, last year over $10,000 was raised for the organization.

"Boaters from all over New England down to New York get excited to visit the Connecticut Spring Boat Show to experience the wide selection of power and sail boats. The venue makes it easy to hop aboard and spend time chatting with knowledgeable brokers in a relaxed and fun environment." said Tom Pilkington, owner of Prestige Yacht Sales. "Due to changes in CT Tax law, which lower the state tax on boat purchases from 6.35% to 2.99% in 2019, we anticipate a growing interest in this boutique show.” said Pilkington.

"Safe Harbor Marinas is proud to sponsor this event annually” said Doug Domenie, Northeast Central Regional Vice President. “It is truly unique because of our beautiful, family friendly venue in the historic waterfront village of Essex, CT. No other show, boutique or otherwise, has a setting like ours and the SHM team really take pride in hosting it." Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private island on the Connecticut River, accessed by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. Over thirty land based nautical exhibitors are expected to grace the dockside lawns on the Island along with the seventy plus expected in water boats.

Over 2500 visitors are anticipated with a suggested donation of $5 per person to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization and local charity who distributes funds raised to families impacted by cancer. Attendees will see a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models with sea trials available. Boating gear, accessories, waterfront real estate and "water lifestyle" service companies will also be on site. 

“We are really proud to have raised over $10,000 last year for Sails Up 4 Cancer.” said Ben Cesare, Publisher of WindCheck Magazine, the producer of the event. “This year, with the help of sponsor Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, we hope to double that! They will again bring their riverboat Becky Thatcher to provide food and beverages during the event and host a cocktail cruise to benefit the charity.”  

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. To learn more, go to SU4C.org.

CT SPRING BOAT SHOW: The CT Spring Boat Show, May 3-5, 2019 features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats. The show is open to the public at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina with a requested $5 dollar donation to Sails Up 4 Cancer for attendees ages 13 and up. Free parking is provided. Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details or Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at​ contactus@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.


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CATCH A WAVE OF BOATING INNOVATIONS AT THE CONNECTICUT SPRING IN-WATER BOAT SHOW WHILE RAISING FUNDS FOR SAILS UP 4 CANCER MAY 3-5, 2019


Three-day show will inspire boaters and aims to raise $15,000 for a great cause

Essex, CT  (April 17, 2019) -The 4th Annual Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place May 3-5 2019 at Essex Island, a Safe Harbor Marina located in Essex, CT.  The in-water boat show will again work with Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C), a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research.  Sails Up 4 Cancer will benefit from the $5 recommended entrance donation to attend the show.  Last year the show raised over $10,000 for SU4C.

The region’s boating industry continues to come together for this annual boutique boat show to share some of the latest innovations in boating while supporting a great cause.  Show attendees will have an ideal opportunity to compare different boats, dealers and options in one beautiful location.  A unique feature of the in-water show offers interested boat buyers select opportunities for sea trials throughout the weekend; thus, giving prospective buyers a unique ‘try-before-you-buy’ experience. We expect more than 3000 people to attend the show, rain or shine. 

Visitors will enjoy seeing a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models of all sizes, 10ft to larger than 65ft from  Axopar, , Barracuda, Bayliner, Beneteau, Boston Whaler, BRIG Inflatables, Catalina, Crownline, Cutwater, Candian Electric Boat Company, Eastern Boats, Edgewater, Everglades, Formula, Grady White,  Grand Banks, Great Scott, a Stephens 68’, Hunt, Hydra-Sports,  Jeanneau, Joseph Conboy, Kencraft, Kha Shing, Lagoon,  Legacy Express,  MJM, Monterey, Nordic Tug, Nord Star, Nor-Tech,  Ranger Tug, Regal, Regulator,  Rossiter, Sabre, San Juan, , Scout, Sea Legs, Sea Pro, Sea Ray, Southport, Surfhunter, Tiara, Tidewater, Uniesse, Viking, and many other leading boat brands!

In addition to boats on the docks, the show will have gear, accessories and service companies on the lawn.  Exhibitors include: Ameriprise Financial/Coburn Financial Group, Black Rock Sailing School, Berkshire Hathaway Realtor-  Sharon Linder, Boat Name Gear, Boat Safe Connecticut, Boatique USA, Brewer Yacht Sales, CareFree Boat Club, Castaway Customs, Chester Point Marina, Chestnut Health Navigation, Connecticut River Museum, CT DEEP - Boating Division , CT Fund For The Environment, dba Save The Sound, Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, Fitzpatrick Marine Insurance- Fairfield County Bank, Freedom Boat Club, Nautical Circuits, Newcoast Financial Service, Quality Custom Linens and Yacht Interiors, Sails Up 4 Cancer, SHM Essex Island Marina, The Nautical School, Untold Horizons, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), WindCheck Magazine   and more to be announced soon.

A number of special events will be occurring throughout the weekend. 

On Friday, May 3rd the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat's Becky Thatcher, will host a scenic sunset cruise along the Connecticut River. Invite your friends for a delightful evening on the water while enjoying light bites and cocktails. All proceeds from the ticket sales and cash bar will benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer. Tickets are $20/pp.  Boarding begins as the Boat Show closes at 6pm. The cruise sets sail at 6:30pm and returns at 8:30pm.  Tickets are available for purchase in advance online or at the show prior to 6pm.

On Saturday, May 4th at 2pm, Bill Luce, Soundkeeper, for Save the Sound, will present a Long Island Sound report card and will discuss improvements to the local water quality and how we can keep improving it.  This free presentation will take place in the main shed on Essex Island. 

In addition, on Saturday, May 4th, ‘Puzzle B’, a 2018 14′ Brockway replica, along with a refurbished 1958 10hp Johnson Seahorse motor and 2018 Venture trailer will be raffled off to raise money for preschool and elementary school children with special needs at Essex Elementary School.  Joe & Liz Boccia have coordinated the raffle of ‘Puzzle B’ and the proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Essex Elementary School Foundation.  The raffle drawing will take place at 4pm at the show. 

Also on Saturday, May 4th at 5pm, the CT Spring Boat Show will host the 2019 CT River Leukemia Cup post-race party on the Becky Thatcher.  The party is open to the public and will offer food, drinks, music and a silent auction to raise money for Leukemia.  Tickets may be purchased online.

Brewer Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private Island, accessed by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. The resort marina is family friendly and offers food and beverages, along with live music throughout the weekend.   

Historical Downtown Essex is located on the Connecticut River, a few short miles from Long Island Sound. The small waterfront town is a boating, sailing and tourist destination featuring quaint shops, markets, and restaurants. Bring your family and friends out to enjoy this sea-side boat show.

The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Essex Island Safe Harbor Marina, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) and YachtWorld.  Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details. Contact Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at ben@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.

CT SPRING BOAT SHOW:  The fourth CT Spring Boat Show features some of the newest boat models including luxury cruisers, sail boats, family cruisers, performance boats, downeast trawlers, fishing boats, center consoles, and more.  The in-water show raises funds for Sails Up 4 Cancer and is open to the public May 3-5, 2019. The show takes place at Essex Island Safe Harbor Marina with free parking available.  www.ctspringboatshow.com


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FAQS

2019 PRESS RELEASES

2021 PRESS RELEASES

CT Spring Boat Show FAQs

Q: Are dogs allowed?
A: Yes, on leash.

Q: Are there restrooms?
A: Yes, on Essex Island, and public restrooms on Main Street.

Q: Where can I park?
A: Parking on the street is free. First come, first served. There is also parking at the Safe Harbor Dauntless parking lot on Novelty Lane, a five minute walk from the Ferry to the Island. 

Q: Is there food available?
A: Yes, there is a restaurant (Siren) on the island. Additionally, Black Seal and Griswold Inn are Essex favorites.

Q: How do I get out to the island?
A: Free ferry launch runs throughout the day.

Q: Can I ride my bike?
A: Yes, you may bring your bike across to the island on the ferry launch.

Q: May I come on my own boat?
A: Yes, transient slips are available at both Essex Island Marian and Dauntless (the sister marina just down the street).

Q: Are backpacks allowed?
A: Yes, subject to search.

Q: Is the show family friendly?
A: Yes.

Q: Is this event rain or shine?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I bring a stroller?
A: Yes, they can be pushed down boat ramp onto the ferry launch.

Q: Can I bring my own food?
A: Yes, but there is a restaurant on site, and a small snack bar (cash only for snack bar).

Q: May I bring my own alcohol?
A: No (unless you are a Safe Harbor customer with your boat on Essex Island.)

Q: Is there an ATM?
A: No.

Q: Where can I find a list of boats/boat brokers attending the show?
A: Please visit our exhibitors page for a full list.

Q: What charity am I supporting when I purchase tickets?
A: Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C). SU4C is a non profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention, care and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing.  Visit su4c.org

PRESS CONTACT: Sarah Wadle 
EMAIL:  press@ctspringboatshow.com
PHONE:  860-559-9198  

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Essex Island​ Marina, 
​11 Ferry Street Essex, CT 06426

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Connecticut Spring Boat Show
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PRESS CONTACT: Sarah Wadle
EMAIL:  press@ctspringboatshow.com
PHONE:  860-559-9198
DROPBOX MEDIA FILES:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ehvtu6iju243pky/AADLXFwcyILbplZaTJF2BCU1a?dl=0

2020 CONNECTICUT SPRING BOAT SHOW CANCELLED 


Essex, CT  (April 10, 2020)  The Connecticut Spring Boat Show, which was scheduled to be held Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3 at Safe Harbor Essex Island, Essex, CT has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The CT Spring Boat Show annually raises money for Sails Up 4 Cancer and is sponsored by Safe Harbor Essex Island, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and YachtWorld.

The cancelation of the event was made official by Ben Cesare, owner of WindCheck Magazine and producer of the annual boat show.  “We made this difficult decision earlier this week. The health and safety of our community obviously have to be our top priority.” says Cesare.  “Over the last two years, the show also helped to raise over $25,000 for Sails Up 4 Cancer.  We encourage folks who planned to attend the show to reach out to the organization in other ways to help contribute.”  

Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. To learn more, go to SU4C.org.
The State of Connecticut has put out an executive order directing Connecticut residents to "Stay Safe, Stay Home.", ordering all nonessential businesses statewide to prohibit in-person functions until May 20, unless modified.  In addition, there is an executive order prohibiting social and recreational gatherings of more than 5 people.  This includes things such as sports, parades, concerts, festivals, live performances, and conventions. This remains in effect through May 20, unless modified.

"Essex Island Safe Harbor fully supports this decision as it is in the best interests of everyone at this time,” said Doug Domenie, Regional Vice President of CT/NY Region. “We look forward to working with Ben and his Team to host next year’s show on the island when we can ensure a safe environment for attendees of the show”.   Safe Harbor Essex Island is located on a 13-acre private island on the Connecticut River, accessible by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips, accommodating vessels up to 200’. 

Over $20,000 Raised for Sails Up 4 Cancer at the 2021 CT Spring Boat Show

Essex, CT  (May 11, 2021) -The 5th Connecticut Spring Boat Show helped to raise over $20,000 for Sails Up 4 Cancer over the course of the 3 day event held April 30th-May 2nd.  This year’s event at Safe Harbor Essex Island, located in Essex, CT greeted over 2,100 show attendees, well ahead of 2019 gate attendance numbers.  Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C), is a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research. 
 
“Sails Up 4 Cancer would like to thank everyone for their support and generosity. It was a stellar weekend for us and hopefully we're on the rebound from a devastating 2020 year of fundraising. All of our events for 2020 had to be cancelled. This weekend helped to fill a serious void and we're grateful to all.” Says Bob Davis, President and Founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer. 


“Not only did the show produce a record number of funds raised, the increase in attendees over the 2019 show exemplifies the interest in boating and desire to get out to experience all that Essex has to offer,” said Ben Cesare, owner of Windcheck Magazine, producer of the annual show.  “We were equally excited to hear that several boats were sold throughout the weekend, a continued surge in sales for the boating industry. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, the boating industry and the community of Essex, CT”. 

The annual show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and hosted by Safe Harbor Essex Island Marina.  2021 Show sponsors included BMW, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Gowrie Group, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA).  For updates on the 2022 show, visit www.ctspringboatshow.com.     

 

CONNECTICUT SPRING IN-WATER BOAT SHOW CELEBRATES 5th YEAR IN ESSEX, CT
ONCE AGAIN RAISING MONEY TO BENEFIT SAILS UP 4 CANCER

Essex, CT  (February 4, 2020)  The 5th Annual Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3 at Safe Harbor Essex Island, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT. The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Safe Harbor Essex Island, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and YachtWorld.  100% of attendee gate proceeds will go to Sails Up 4 Cancer; last year, over $13,000 was raised for the organization.

"Boaters enjoy the in-water style of this show, offering a wide selection of power and sail boats.  Attendees arrive from all over New England down to New York in excitement for the boating season ahead.  The venue makes it easy to hop aboard and spend time chatting with knowledgeable brokers in a relaxed and fun environment," said Tom Pilkington, owner of Prestige Yacht Sales. "Last year’s change to CT Tax law lowered the state tax on boat purchases from 6.35% to 2.99%; this change has proved to show a growing interest in boat purchases and increased attendance at Connecticut boat shows,” said Pilkington.

"Safe Harbor Marinas looks forward to hosting this annual event,” said Doug Domenie, Regional Vice President of New England West. “Our beautiful, family-friendly venue in the historic waterfront village of Essex, CT is truly unique. No other boat show, boutique or otherwise, has a setting like ours.  This year, we are particularly excited to have a new restaurant on the island where boat show attendees can enjoy a meal while visiting the show.”  Safe Harbor Essex Island is located on a 13-acre private island on the Connecticut River, accessible by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips, accommodating vessels up to 200’. Over 30 land based nautical exhibitors are expected to grace the dockside lawns on the Island along with the plus expected in-water boats.

Over 2500 visitors are anticipated with a suggested donation of $5 per person to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization and local charity who distributes funds raised to families impacted by cancer.   Attendees will see a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models with sea trials available.  Boating gear, accessories, waterfront real estate and "water lifestyle" service companies will also be on site. The Griswold Inn, conveniently located in downtown Essex, will offer a 20% discount Thursday, April 30, 2020 through Sunday, May 3rd for boat show dealers, vendors and attendees. 

“We are so proud to have raised almost $25,000 over the last 2 years for Sails Up 4 Cancer,” said Ben Cesare, Publisher of WindCheck Magazine, the producer of the event. “This year, with the help of sponsor Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, we hope to grow that number by at least another $15,000!”  They will bring their riverboat Becky Thatcher to provide food and beverages during the event and host a cocktail cruise to benefit the charity.

Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. To learn more, go to SU4C.org

CT SPRING BOAT SHOW:  The 5th Annual CT Spring Boat Show, May 1-3, 2020 features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats.  The show is open to the public at Safe Harbor Essex Island with a requested $5 dollar donation to Sails Up 4 Cancer for attendees ages 13 and up. Free parking is available.  Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details or Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at contactus@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.  

THE 2021 CT SPRING BOAT SHOW IN ESSEX, CT IS ON

Essex, CT  (March 16, 2021)  The 5th Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place Friday April 30th, Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd-at Safe Harbor Essex Island, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT. The Boat Show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Safe Harbor Essex Island, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and YachtWorld.  50% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Sails Up 4 Cancer; over the past several years, over $25,000 was raised for the organization.

“After having to cancel the show last year due to Covid, we are happy be one of the first events this spring to make a comeback.  We will follow and adhere to all State of Connecticut and Town of Essex health and safety guidelines.  This year, the show will be ticketed to help measure capacity numbers.  Masks will be required as well as social distancing.  We are looking forward to having a safe and customer friendly boat show and fundraiser for Sails Up 4 Cancer,” says Ben Cesare, owner of Windcheck Magazine

Attendees will see a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models with sea trials available.  Boating gear, accessories, waterfront real estate and "water lifestyle" service companies will also be on site. The Griswold Inn, conveniently located in downtown Essex, will offer a 20% discount Thursday, April 29, 2020 through Sunday, May 2nd for boat show dealers, vendors and attendees. 

"Boaters enjoy the in-water style of this show, offering a wide selection of power and sail boats.  Attendees arrive from all over New England down to New York in excitement for the boating season ahead.  The venue makes it easy to hop aboard and spend time chatting with knowledgeable brokers in a relaxed and fun environment," said Tom Pilkington, owner of Prestige Yacht Sales. "The 2019 change to CT Tax law lowered the state tax on boat purchases from 6.35% to 2.99%; this change, along with the increased demand for outdoor family friendly activities during the pandemic has proved to show a growing interest in boat purchases and expected increased attendance in Connecticut boat shows,” said Pilkington.

"Safe Harbor Marinas looks forward to hosting this annual event,” said Matt Beer, General Manager, Safe Harbor Essex, CT. “Our beautiful, family-friendly venue in the historic waterfront village of Essex, CT is truly unique. No other boat show, boutique or otherwise, has a setting like ours.  This year, we are particularly excited to have a new restaurant on the island, Siren, where boat show attendees can enjoy a meal while visiting the show.”  Safe Harbor Essex Island is located on a 13-acre private island on the Connecticut River, accessible by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips, accommodating vessels up to 200’. Many land based nautical exhibitors are expected to grace the dockside lawns on the Island along with the expected in-water boats.

3 Day Tickets will be offered at $20 per adult and Free passes for children 13 and under, granting access to the show all weekend long.  50% of the proceeds will benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization and local charity who distributes funds raised to families impacted by cancer.  Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting:  https://www.windcheckmagazine.com/shop/. 

CT SPRING BOAT SHOW:  The 5th CT Spring Boat Show, April 30, May 1-2, 2021 features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats.  The show is open to the public at Safe Harbor Essex Island with advanced purchase of tickets, 50% of proceeds will be donated to Sails Up 4 Cancer.  Free parking is available.  Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details or Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at contactus@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.  

Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. To learn more, go to SU4C.org.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
PRESS CONTACT: Sarah Wadle
PHONE:  860-559-9198