CT Spring In-water Boat Show to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer Announces 2019 Show Dates

Essex, CT (January 24, 2019) The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5 at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT. The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Essex Island Marina, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and YachtWorld. 100% of attendee gate proceeds will go to Sails Up 4 Cancer, last year over $10,000 was raised for the organization.

“Boaters from all over New England down to New York get excited to visit the Connecticut Spring Boat Show to experience the wide selection of power and sail boats. The venue makes it easy to hop aboard and spend time chatting with knowledgeable brokers in a relaxed and fun environment.” said Tom Pilkington, owner of Prestige Yacht Sales. “Due to changes in CT Tax law, which lower the state tax on boat purchases from 6.35% to 2.99% in 2019, we anticipate a growing interest in this boutique show.” said Pilkington.

“Safe Harbor Marinas is proud to sponsor this event annually” said Doug Domenie, Northeast Central Regional Vice President. “It is truly unique because of our beautiful, family friendly venue in the historic waterfront village of Essex, CT. No other show, boutique or otherwise, has a setting like ours and the SHM team really take pride in hosting it.” Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private island on the Connecticut River, accessed by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. Over thirty land based nautical exhibitors are expected to grace the dockside lawns on the Island along with the seventy plus expected in water boats.

Over 2500 visitors are anticipated with a suggested donation of $5 per person to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization and local charity who distributes funds raised to families impacted by cancer. Attendees will see a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models with sea trials available. Boating gear, accessories, waterfront real estate and “water lifestyle” service companies will also be on site.

“We are really proud to have raised over $10,000 last year for Sails Up 4 Cancer.” said Ben Cesare, Publisher of WindCheck Magazine, the producer of the event. “This year, with the help of sponsor Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, we hope to double that! They will again bring their riverboat Becky Thatcher to provide food and beverages during the event and host a cocktail cruise to benefit the charity.”

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. To learn more, go to SU4C.org.

CT SPRING BOAT SHOW: The CT Spring Boat Show, May 3-5, 2019 features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats. The show is open to the public at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina with a requested $5 dollar donation to Sails Up 4 Cancer for attendees ages 13 and up. Free parking is provided. Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details or Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at​ contactus@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.