After an unusual 2021 spring boat show season, the 2022 Bay Bridge Boat Show is back in all its glory. Photo: Josh Davidson

Spring Boat Shows Return to Normal after Combined 2021 Sail & Power Show

After an unusual couple of years, the Annapolis Boat Shows’ spring sailboat and powerboat shows return to their original locations for 2022.

In 2021 due to pandemic-related restrictions in Annapolis, boat show organizers dreamed up a large, combined boat show on Kent Island. This year, the Spring Sailboat Show moves back to Annapolis City Dock April 29- May 1, held the weekend after the Bay Bridge Powerboat Show.

The Bay Bridge show arrives at Bay Bridge Marina April 21-24, and includes some new attractions as well as fan favorites, and a large selection of powerboats new and used, big and small. Plenty are available to tour, and you can take a test ride on some models to get a feel for the boat and its technology.

While you’re test-driving, there are on-land opportunities to check out BMW’s fully-electric vehicle, the iX, along with BMW’s other newest car models.

There are great opportunities to learn more about buying a boat, boat handling, and where to take your boat. Boat U.S. offers family-friendly beginner boating courses like Intro to Boating, Women Making Waves, Precision Docking and Boat Handling, and Open Water Boat Handling. Sign up for boating courses at the show here; show admission is included in the cost.

Chesapeake Bay Media is happy to return to the Bay Bridge Boat Show offering free seminars together with our sister company, the Annapolis School of Seamanship (ASOS). Chesapeake Bay Magazine experts will speak on “Boat Buying 101, Chat with a Broker” and “Dock N’ Dine on the Chesapeake—Restaurants in the upper & middle Bay”. ASOS takes it back to basics with “How to Anchor Your Boat” and “Docking De-Stressed” as well as “How to Get Your Captain’s License” for those wishing to work on the water for a living.

Of interest to anglers is the show’s new Fishing Pavilion sponsored by FishTalk Magazine. It includes accessories and lures crafted by local anglers on display, along with expert fishing insight and a happy hour to mingle with other fishing enthusiasts.

A VIP lounge including wine and cocktail tastings and bites to eat come courtesy of LaVictoire Finance, who will also help serious boat buyers get pre-approved for marine financing in advance.

Boat show tickets are available now online for $20 each. Children 12 and under are free.

-Meg Walburn Viviano