This years Lake Havasu Boat Show is packed with boats, accessories and special attractions.
“We’re [very close to] opening day and we’ve … exceeded our goal of 140 exhibitors and vendors,” commented Lake Havasu Boat Show producer, Bob Brown. “If this is an indicator of what the recreational boating season is going to be like this spring and summer, we may be headed for the best year on the water in a very long time.”
The 27th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, the largest boat show in Arizona and Nevada, sponsored by Jet Renu and Mohave State Bank, drops anchor at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 6-8. “But this isn’t just your average land-locked boat show,” said Brown. “The Lake Havasu Boat Show will be the most interactive boat show anyone has ever attended.” Photo Credit: Lake Havasu Boat Show/Media Direction
Emphasis On Demos, Test Rides
To support that claim, this year’s Havasu Boat Show is putting an emphasis on demos and test rides, a feature that only a select few boat shows offer. This will be the second year that the new launch ramp and courtesy docks at Windsor 3 will be pressed into service with a variety of pontoons, wakesport boats and family sportboats available for serious customers to try.
Over on the Windsor 4 beach, Yamaha personal watercraft and jet sportboats will be in-water looking to provide potential buyers an opportunity to experience the newest models. Also on the Windsor 4 beach, Hobie kayaks and paddleboards with qualified instructors will be standing at the ready to introduce this fast growing water-sports activity to both first-time novice and beginner paddlers.
If You Like Nostalgia
If you like nostalgia, the Havasu Boat Show has a special attraction you are sure to enjoy….a Classic Hot Boat Show & Shine featuring two dozen beautifully restored flat-bottom ski boats, high-performance hydros from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
What makes this Show & Shine different are the winners will be chosen by the vote of the general public. Boat show ticket holders will receive a ballot, giving them a vote for the boat they like the best. The vote is important since a $1,000 cash prize purse is on the line.
Everybody Likes A Raffle
Everybody likes a raffle, especially when great prizes go to the winners. This year, there are two opportunities to win — both benefitting excellent local causes. The La Paz County Animal Shelter is raising money for their expansion building fund, raffling off a vintage wood deck 1974 Byers flat-bottom inboard ski boat. And, if a cool, low mileage, 2015 Harley Davidson 883 motorcycle is more to your liking, the Eagles have one up for raffle, supporting local military veterans and families in need.
Boat To The Show
For boaters who want to ‘boat-to-the-boat-show, the new 600-foot wide white-sand London Bridge Channel beach located along the northwest shore adjacent to the Kings View condos is available. Boaters are welcome to park their boats on the sand and walk directly into the Boat Show during show hours.
The beach is available on a first-come, first-served basis and there is no charge for beach access to boat show visitors. Once parked, normal boat show admission prices will prevail for admittance into the show.
“We expect between 250 to 300 new boats to be on display at the boat show,” commented Brown, “including a lot of the latest and never-before-seen 2018 models. And, if you’re into high performance and exotic marine equipment, no place in the western United States will have as many custom boat manufacturers present plus Mercury Racing with their full complement of engine and propulsion models will be on site with factory representation.”
The 27th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented in conjunction with the Lake Havasu Marine Association and sponsored by Jet Renu and Mohave State Bank, opens to the public on Friday, April 6 at noon. Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 9am. Admission is $8.00 for adults and kids six and under are free, and parking is also free. Pets on leash are okay. The Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 is located at 171 London Bridge Road, next to the Hampton Inn.