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Ready. Set. Reimagined North Coast Harbor Boat Show is set to go!

                                                                                   The return of the popular Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show on Cleveland’s  3
                                                                                   lakefront after a year’s absence is set to go, and this year will feature an expanded  [
                                                                                   focus on water recreation access that will remake the event into a waterfront
                                                                                   festival with the display of boats at its center.
                                                                                    Slated to run for 3 days, September 10-12, this year’s edition is being expanded to include
                                                                                   displays and educational presentations highlighting the variety of ways Ohioans experience
                                                                                   the state’s abundant waterways.
                                                                                    Partnering with the non-profit “Share The River” organization, for example, show-goers will  MID-AMERICA BOATING
                                                                                   see daily Kayak and Paddleboard demonstrations as well as presentations about access and
                                                                                   safety for paddlers, the fastest growing segment of boating these days. On the other hand, vis-
                                                                                   itors desiring to experience running before the wind in a sailboat could get a hands-on chance
                                                                                   in scheduled opportunities at the “Discover Sailing” program presented by Cleveland’s
                                                                                   Riverfront Yacht Sales.
                                                                                    “Dealers from across northern Ohio will be participating,” explains Michelle Burke, presi-
                                                                                   dent of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association. “Boats slated for display will include fishing
                                                                                   models, family runabouts, cruisers, motor yachts and sailboats. A unique aspect of this show
                                                                                   is that all the boats are available for sea trials for qualified buyers,” she adds.
                                                                                    According to Burke, while booming demand for boats continues to exceed supply, this  ]     AUGUST 2021
                                                                                   event is not just a “show and tell” but an end-of-summer “show and sell” for dealers. All the
                                                                                   boats will be open for boarding and boast year-end sales incentives, especially any left-over
                                                                                   models. Even new 2022 models, some may be being shown to the public for the first time, will
                                                                                   have introductory discount pricing and other incentives that could range from free winter
                                                                                   storage, low-rate financing, or guaranteed spring delivery for early orders placed now.
                                                                                    Since this event is in the heart of the city, it’s a unique setting in several ways. The boats
                                                                                   will be displayed in the “Rock & Dock Marina” in the shadow of Cleveland’s iconic Rock & Roll
                                                                                   Hall of Fame. Other displays and activities will be located in adjacent Voinovich Park.
                                                                                    The festival opens on Friday before lunchtime so workers from nearby office buildings can
                                                                                   stroll down to the waterfront and board the boats.
                                                                                    “Over the weekend,” Burke continued, “the setting is one of high energy and fun all around.
                                                                                   And, it’s not just because the Rock Hall is there. The fleet will be surrounded by the Great
                                                                                   Lakes Science Center, the floating Steamship William G. Mather Museum, the popular Nuevo
                                                                                   Restaurant, the Goodtime Cruises, all with the city towering up over all of it for a truly unique
                                                                                    This boat show, now in its fourth year, has both grown in popularity and attracted increas-
                                                                                   ing attention to all of Cleveland’s lakefront offerings. Admission to the show is free.
                                                                                    For all the latest details, go to: MAB
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