Organizers of this year’s Harbour House Marina Boat Show are expecting clear skies on Saturday. The event, now in its 12th year, is a popular fixture on Cayman’s nautical calendar, and given that last year’s show broke previous attendance records, this year’s is likely to attract even bigger numbers of weekend water-warriors and industry insiders.

A huge draw for local boaters keen on checking out the very latest models of yacht, skiff and power boats, the event will offer pleasure boaters and fisher-folk plenty of eye candy and special offers to boot.

A good venue for savvy bargain hunters, the show also attracts those who are seriously thinking of taking the plunge. “[It] is a fantastic way for residents to see what the boating lifestyle offers in Cayman,” said the marina’s general manager, Jonathan Cuff.

“It is the very best day to test and buy a boat in Cayman,” he said, mentioning the 30 percent discount that will be available on all marine parts, including Honda engines.

The event showcases top brands, including Honda, Boston Whaler and Sea Ray, and visitors are invited to pre-book for a quick spin on the watercraft by emailing Al Parsons on [email protected], or calling him on 326-4708. Moored up for inspection for quick test-drives, models range from compact 16-footers to roomier 33-footers. Cuff added that the show’s inventory runs from $10,000 to up to around $165,000 to accommodate most budgets and tastes.

Boaters on a Boston Whaler test ride at the Harbour House Marina Boat Show.
Boaters on a Boston Whaler test ride at the Harbour House Marina Boat Show.

Cuff assured visitors keen to get into the captain’s seat that reps from several of the big manufacturers will be on hand at the show, having flown in especially to give advice and answer any questions from would-be buyers.

As well as the boats, visitors can “fuel up” on free barbecue with all chandlery and boat sales, while soft drinks will be on sale. The mood of the show will be further buoyed by live outdoor broadcasts from Z99 and Rooster 101.9 radio stations.

Organizers are giving away a kayak with paddles and jackets to one lucky winner at the end of the show.

To enter the contest, contestants need to fill in their names and email addresses and put them into the prize draw box on the day.

The boat show, in the marina’s forecourt in Prospect at the end of Marina Drive, has free entry for all and opens at 8 a.m. for the early birds. It closes at 5 p.m.

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