What's Biting: Set sail for The Wharf's Boat and Yacht Show

The calendar tells us Friday, March 20 is the first official day of spring. Cobia season is still a few weeks away, and only true hardcore anglers have been venturing offshore. If you haven't been thinking much about fishing and boating yet this year, next weekend is your chance to get your mind back on the water.

More than 700 boats worth more than $150,000,000 will be on display at The Wharf, as boat show season arrives on land and in the water. March 29-31 is the annual Boat and Yacht Show at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Each year thousands of locals, snowbirds, and boating enthusiasts from the Southeast make their way to Orange Beach to see the latest trends in boating.  "One of the reasons weWharf Boat Show love this show is the diversity of the attendees," said participating boat dealer Forrest Long of Bluewater Yacht Sales. "Of course, we are here to sell boats, so we always appreciate the number of people we see that are in the market to purchase a boat. However, we meet a lot of families that may not be in the market today, but at some point in the future they may be indeed boat buyers."

Historically families make up the majority of those who attend the boat show at The Wharf. The boating business is built around families and so too is the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast. "Like everything at The Wharf we are focused on the family," said Show Director Chris Miller. "We strive to have something for everyone. Boats for dad, a fashion show for mom, and art classes for the kids makes for a great family outing."

High fashion and cute kids creating art certainly does add to the fun factor of the boat show, but the real stars of the show are indeed the boats. Every model from 10-foot runabouts to super fast center consoles to mega luxurious sport fishing yachts are all represented at The Wharf. If you're a serious shopper, this gives you a great chance to compare boats side by side.

Most manufacturers also offer special incentives at boat shows, so it is usually the best time of the year to make a purchase. Even if you're not in buying mode, it's a great opportunity to see not only the latest models but also how much technology goes into today's vessels. From boat building to accessories to navigation today's boats are as high tech as today's cars and trucks.

It seems everyone is ready to put winter astern and spring into the boating season, and Orange Beach is just the place to do it. The Schedule for the Boat & Yacht Show at the Wharf is as follows:

  • Friday, March 29: 10 am to 6 pm ~ $10 admission
  • Saturday, March 30: 10 am to 6 pm ~ $12 admission
  • Sunday, March 22: 10 am to 4 pm ~ $10 admission

Kids 12 and under free. This event will be pet-friendly.  

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Jim Cox is an avid inshore, offshore, and big game fisherman. He has twice qualified for the prestigious IGFA Offshore Championships in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He is the past president of the Mobile…