It’s been a big season for boating, as folks in the Bay region turned to the water for safe summer fun. More people are looking to invest in their first boat, or upgrade. But with the iconic Annapolis Boat Shows canceled, what’s a boat shopper to do?
Starting this weekend, a group of Annapolis-area sailboat and powerboat dealers are putting on a scaled-down, appointment-only event to allow prospective buyers to compare models, with COVID-19 safety in mind.
Walk the Docks in Annapolis, running Sept. 24–27, shows off nearly 20 boat brands ranging from 26-60 feet. Only one appointment at a time will be allowed and boats will be sanitized after each tour.
“It’s wonderful that the powerboat and sailboat dealers in Annapolis agreed to come together and host a multi-dealer open house that will allow customers to shop for boats and feel safe about it,” says Ken Comerford, Owner and President of North Point Yacht Sales. “It’s imperative that we take this pandemic seriously, and this will allow a customer to compare models at a safe distance.”
Anyone who wants to make an appointment should call the boat dealer directly. Dealers taking part include:
- North Point Yacht Sales featuring MJM Yachts, Hanse Yachts, Dehler, Tiara Yachts, and Caymas – (410) 280-2038
- Annapolis Yachts Sales featuring Beneteau, Lagoon, Edgewater, and Cruisers Yachts – (410) 267-8181
- Crusader Yacht Sales featuring Jeanneau, Tartan, Legacy, and Excess – (410) 269-0939
- Atlantic Cruising Yachts featuring Fountaine Pajot and Dufour – (844) 567-3087
- Sail Annapolis featuring Catalina Yachts & True North – (410) 280-8878
- S&J Yachts featuring Southerly Yachts – (410) 639-2777
Boat services are also getting involved in the Walk the Docks concept. A Walk the Docks- Explore the Yard event will take place on the same days as the boat open houses, Sept. 24–27 from 10am–5pm at Bert Jabin Yacht Yard. Bay Shore Marine, Electronic Marine Annapolis, and Annapolis Rigging will be displaying parts and equipment, offering fall discounts, and answering questions about boaters’ rigging, electronic and engine needs.
For both events, visitors must wear masks and follow pandemic directives.
-Meg Walburn Viviano