Manatee County’s largest free boating event this spring is the West Marine Nautical Expo Spring 2013 to be held May 4 and 5 at Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto, FL.
This event is has many of the facets of a traditional boat show, with a number of additional caveats. It is like a boat show in that there will be more than 50 in-water boats as well as many more located along the promenade and on trailers around the marina and tent exhibits by businesses and organizations.
However, this event also features live seminars by various nautical industry leaders, children’s fishing stations led by USCG certified charter captains, a nautical-themed fashion show by West Marine and Blue Sol & Hearts Designs, paddleboard/kayak demos, live music, food/beer vendors and a full nautical flea market. This is a must-attend event for all regional boating enthusiasts, as well as anyone who is interested in an opportunity to experience all our waterways have to offer.
Seminars include topics such as “Boaters Going Green,” “Marine Electronics,” “Boat Financing,” and “Boating Cosmetics.” A complete updated list of seminars and speakers is located at WestMarineNauticalExpo.com. All seminars are completely free of charge, but there will be door prizes given to attendees as well as discounted meal tickets offered by the Riverhouse Reef and Grill.
The event is organized by the Regatta Pointe Marina Nautical Association. All local marine businesses are encouraged to get involved, with exhibit space starting at just $100 before April 12. Contact Ed Massey at Massey Yacht Sales for exhibit information at (941) 725-2350.