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CT Spring Boat Show

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - April 30 @ 5:00 pm


Friday, April 28, 1 – 6 pm
Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30, 10 am – 5 pm
Safe Harbor Essex Island, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT

New & Brokerage Boats • Sail & Power • On-land & in-water exhibits!
Live Music, Fishing Seminars, Food & Drinks

Tickets will be required. $20 per adult provides access for all three days. Kids 13 and under are free.
​50% of proceeds goes to Sails Up 4 Cancer.

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Essex, CT (January 24, 2023) The 7th Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place April 28-30, 2023 at Safe Harbor Essex Island, located in Essex, CT. Visitors will enjoy seeing a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models ranging from 20ft to larger than 65ft from leading boat brands. In addition to boats on the dock, the show will have yacht brokers, gear, artists, accessories, and service companies exhibiting on the lawn, and live music throughout the weekend.

The in-water boat show is the first of the season, featuring the latest innovations in boating, sailing, and fishing while supporting a great cause. Show attendees from Connecticut, New York, New England and beyond attend the annual show to compare boats and talk directly with dealers and manufacturers all in one beautiful location. The in-water setting allows interested boat buyers to climb aboard boats in the water, with sea trials available.

This year’s boat show seeks to raise $30,000.00 for Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C), a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research, an increase up from $23,000 raised at the 2022 show. Sails Up 4 Cancer will benefit from 50% of ticket sales proceeds and will be onsite with additional fundraising opportunities throughout the weekend.

“With the low 2.9% tax on boats and finally an increase in inventory, this show intends to bring a record number of new and experienced boaters to get excited for the season ahead. Interested buyers are eager for spring to see their desired boat in the water for a final look before purchase.” said Tom Pilkington. President of Prestige Yacht Sales.

“We are excited to grow the northeast in-water boat show as the perfect kick-off to all things that celebrate the arrival of spring including boating, live outdoor music & food, with a festival atmosphere “said Ben Cesare, President of Cat’s Paw LLC, which owns and manages the Show along with WindCheck Magazine. “We are hearing from new vendors looking to share their nautical inspired art and home goods. This year, we are excited to announce a reprise of our popular saltwater fishing and powerboating discussions, making the event an opportunity for everyone who loves the water.”

Safe Harbor Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private Island, accessed by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. The resort marina is family-friendly and offers food and beverages, and music throughout the weekend. The show will follow all state and local guidelines to ensure a safe experience when visiting the show, rain or shine.

The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and hosted by Safe Harbor Essex Island Marina. Show sponsors include Hoffman Audi of New London, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, Gowrie Group, The Griswold Inn, WindCheck Magazine, Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA), and Maritime Insurance International. Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details. Contact Ben Cesare at ben@ctspringboatshow.com for dealer and exhibitor application information.

Three-Day Tickets are available now at $20 per adult and are free for children 13 and under. Tickets grant access to the show all weekend long. 50% of the ticket proceeds will benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer. Tickets can be purchased by visiting: www.ctspringboatshow.com where participating exhibitors and boats will be updated on a regular basis.

CT SPRING BOAT SHOW:  The 7th CT Spring Boat Show, April 28-30, 2023 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 Safe Harbor Essex Island, tickets will be required. 50% of ticket proceeds will be donated to Sails Up 4 Cancer. Free parking is available. Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details or Ben Cesare at ben@ctspringboatshow.com for dealer and vendor application information.

Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) 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.


April 28 @ 1:00 pm
April 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Safe Harbor Essex Island
11 Ferry Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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