Jamming On Opening Night

  Popular Put-in-Bay entertainers Westside Steve and Pat Shepard will headline the live island musical entertainment that will rock the boats on opening night. It’s as much a tradition at the boat show as it is all summer at Put-in-Bay. Jamming to their unique music while sipping a cup of the Boardwalk’s iconic Lobster Bisque is what packs the special Put-in-Bay exhibit area every first night.

Lyman History Comes To Life

Presented by Clemons Boats

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.

Historically, Clemons Boats was among the largest dealers for Lymans when they were still being built in Sandusky until the plant ceased production.

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 like Highlanders and National Jet 4s, sailing club exhibits, a popular hands-on sailing simulator and, new-this-year, the “Spinnaker Seminar Stage” presented by Riverfront Yacht Sales. It will feature daily sailing clinics and how-to lessons. Yes, sailing comes alive in many ways, so check here in January for the latest topics and speakers headed for the new Spinnaker Seminar Stage.

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)


Many boaters talk about it. But only a few ever actually cast off to do it! For Dave and Debbie Kittridge, the call to run the 5,500-mile course around the eastern U.S., known as the Great Loop, was too strong to ignore. So, in 2015, when Dave retired as CEO of an Outpatient Behavioral Health Center and Debbie retired an Administrator at a School Age Child Care Program, they cast off for an extraordinary two-year adventure.

Perhaps even more remarkable, they did it in their restored 1967 Lyman Express Cruiser, “Winds of Change,” believed to be the first Lyman Cruiser to do it. Logging in more than 600 hours underway over two years, they completed the Great Loop in 2017. And, the entire journey, from beginning to end, was recorded by Debbie in some 89 Blog posts that garnered over 30,000 page views!

Dave and Debbie will tell their story on the Boat Show’s Main Stage Saturday, Sunday and Monday. (See Main Stage schedule for specific times.)

2020 Special Features

The Riverfront Yacht Sales Sailing Stage

South Shore Marine Main Stage

Berkley Bass Tub presented by Boat Masters Marine

Lyman Boats Historical Museum presented by Clemens Boats

Buckeye Sports Center Fishing Stage

2020 Boat Show & Fishing Expo Schedule

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