Lyman History Comes To Life

Nothing is more telling of the history of Lake Erie pleasure boating than the story of the Lyman Boat Works in Sandusky, and visitors to the boat show will get a genuine taste of this remarkable story. Marking the 9 decades-plus that Lymans were produced, a special Lyman Boat Works Historical Museum display will encompass more than 3,000 square feet of walk-thru display space. Visitors will meet Tom Koroknay, aka “Doc Lyman,” the preeminent Lyman historian. He’ll be showing artifacts from the original Lyman Boat Works, including items never seen before.

Lymans were specially designed to perform in Lake Erie’s famous short chop. Primarily wood lapstrake hulls, while Lymans are no longer produced there are hundreds still plying Lake Erie and other waterways around the country.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands

The most unique setting in all of America’s Great Lakes is found in western Lake Erie with its Marblehead peninsula and incredible islands bearing names like Bass and Kelley’s. The island atmosphere comes alive at the boat show with a collection of exhibits from favorite islands businesses when the Lake Erie Shores & Islands organization creates a new theme area. It will feature iconic exhibits from Put-in-Bay, Kelley’s and more. Daily musical entertainment by popular islands musicians, beverages from the 60-acre Twin Oast Farm and, of course, the island’s iconic Lobster Bisque fresh daily from the Boardwalk are just a couple of highlights. And, for fun, get involved in a special Scavenger Hunt staged by Lake Erie Shores & Islands.

The Sailing Center

For all those who sail with the wind, or think they may want to, the show’s Sailing Center has been expanded this year. Sailboats from exhibitors like Riverfront Yacht Sales, RCR Yachts, Harbor North representing brands like Jeanneau, Beneteau, J-Boats, Hanse, Hunter, Walker Bay and more. Plus, along with a fleet of fully-rigged one-design boats, sailing club exhibits, a popular sailing simulator and the new-this-year “Spinnaker Seminar Stage” featuring daily sailing clinics and how-to lessons, sailing comes alive in many ways. Check here for the seminar schedule in January.

Scuba Anyone?

You don’t have to travel south to get your first lesson in scuba diving because this year’s boat show will again host the popular GO DIVE NOW pool, a 30-foot, 15,000-gallon diving center. It’s an opportunity for all those who’ve ever dreamed of becoming a Jacques-Yves Cousteau to get their first scuba lesson. Just bring your swimsuit and towel, the rest is provided. You’ll put on the latest scuba gear including regulators, tanks, wetsuits, masks, fins, and more. Then, head underwater in the Dive Now Pool accompanied by a certified instructor. Over the years, hundreds of boat show visitors have taken advantage of this unique opportunity. Why not you? No prior registration is required and there’s no additional cost.

(Note: Attendees over the age of 10 are welcome. Children ages 10 and 11 must have an adult try diving with them. Children 12 or older can get in on their own as long as an adult is present at poolside)

2020 Special Features

Berkley Tank

Casting Pond (new this year)

Buckeye Fishing Stage

Kayak Stage (new this year)

Trout Pond (new this year)

Kayak Giveaway (new this year)