Wharf Boat and Yacht Show in Orange Beach

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show Dream World for Boaters

March 29-31 at The Wharf

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show will have a new feature for the 2019 show, scheduled March 29-31 at the Alabama Gulf Coast’s premier entertainment venue in Orange Beach. The BoatUS Foundation On-Water Training program will be offered to those who want to polish their boating skills or learn how to safely operate a vessel as a newcomer to the lifestyle.

The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show in Orange Beach, AL

If you’re considering buying or renting a boat and need some instruction, the BoatUS courses may fit the bill. But space is limited, so visit the Boat US website right away to lock in a spot. The boating course fees also cover admission to the Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, which has also teamed with Freedom Boat Club to offer a fun way to enjoy safe boating. Students must be 21 years of age to take the courses, which are “Intro to Boating–Short Course,” “Intro to Boating” and “Women Making Waves.”

The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show has become the premier event on the Alabama Gulf Coast with an inventory of boats on display surpassing $150 million. Typically, sales of more than $20 million are conducted during the show.

General admission starts on Friday with the Red Carpet Special. Ladies Day is set for Saturday, March 30. Both Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 31, Military Appreciation Day is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 on Friday and Sunday, and $12 on Saturday. Military personnel and first responders can purchase an $8 ticket. Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free.

The Wharf has 135 boat slips available for the exhibitors. More than 70 exhibitors will offer everything a boater could imagine. If you’re not in the market for a new boat and just need to outfit your current boat, you can booths with marine electronics, fishing tackle, marine engines for repowering options and other outdoor equipment will be on display.

Numerous yacht dealers will have vessels up to 75 feet in length if you’re in the big-boat market. If you’re looking for a smaller boat, the Wharf Boat and Yacht Show will have that, too, from small skiffs with tiller outboards to fully rigged inshore boats. Exhibitors will have more than 600 trailerable boats on display.

Kids create art at Wharf Boat and Yacht Show

The popular Fighting Chair Competition will again raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the BridgeWalk area. All proceeds will go directly to the hospital. For a $10 donation, you can challenge companions to a friendly competition, simulating big game fishing in Release Marine offshore fighting chairs. The Fighting Chair Competition is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all three days of the show.

Also on the BridgeWalk Event Stage, a variety of events are planned, including kids art classes from marine artist Larry Rackley. Ladies Day will feature fashion shows and drawings for gift packages.

If you are just intrigued by the boating world, head down to the Wharf Boat and Yacht Show to get a first-hand look at what’s available for boaters. While you’re there, you can take advantage of some of the best restaurants and shopping available on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The Wharf offers free covered parking and a complimentary golf cart shuttle service.

If you want a bird’s-eye view of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s premier boat and yacht show, take a ride on the Wharf’s Ferris Wheel, which is 112 feet tall with 24 gondolas.

Mark the last three days of March on your calendar and plan to attend the Wharf Boat and Yacht Show. You don’t want to miss it.

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