Set to whet the appetites of enthusiasts for the start of the summer boating season, the 32nd annual Marina del Rey Boat Show is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, May 17th to 20th, in Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Each year the boat show brings a selection of new and brokerage boats of various types and sizes to the Marina. Organizers say this year’s show will include vessels never before seen at a show in Southern California.

Luxurious megayachts, cruisers, fishing boats, trawlers, electric boats, sailboats, sport boats and pleasure crafts ‘ show organizers look to run the whole gamut of boating interests, they say.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $10, and children 12 and under are admitted free. Street parking will be available along Jefferson Boulevard, west of Lincoln.

Major Southern California dealers and popular U.S. and international boat manufacturers will be represented at the show, including Azimut, Albemarle, Albin, Atlantis, Beneteau, Cabo, Carver, Catalina, Century, Chaparral, Cheoy Lee, Cranchi, Cruisers, DeFever, Doral, Ferretti, Hampton, Hatteras, Hunter, Island Packet, Jeanneau, Luhrs, Mainship, Maxum, McKinna, Meridian, Monterey, Navigator, Ocean Alexander, Queenship, Pershing, Regal, Riviera, Sea Ray, Silverton, Sunseeker, Tiara and Tartan.

The show will feature approximately 150 boats displayed in the water and on land, along with an extensive assortment of marine accessory booths. A number of the area’s dealers and brokers including California Coast Yachts, Crow’s Nest Yacht Sales, John Beery Yachts, Catalina Yachts, Sailboats Inc., Compass Point Yachts, Heritage Yachts, Newport Boats, Bayport Yachts, H & S Yachts, Hampton, Golden West Yachts, Marine Max, Chuck Hovey Yachts, Randall Burg, Cranchi, Razor Yachts, Mason International, The Yacht Exchange, Bob Koepple Yachts, and Horizon Yachts will participate in the show.

Some of the yacht brokers and dealers have highlighted what they plan to feature at this year’s boat show.

California Coast Yachts will exhibit three new models of the British-made, Sunseeker motor-yachts: the Predator 62, Manhattan 66, and Manhattan 50.

Sailboats Inc. will debut the new 2007 Beneteau 50 sailboat of the First series. Designed as a performance/racing yacht, the Beneteau 50 won the 2007 Sail magazine Editor’s Choice for accommodations and design.

Razor Yachts, the exclusive California dealer for Century boats, will introduce the new Century line at the Marina del Rey Boat show, including the flagship Century 3200 Walkaround. The Century 3200 Walkaround features a deluxe suite cabin with fully appointed galley and electric head and comes fish-rigged, including integrated bait tanks, fish storage, and fresh and saltwater washdowns. Capable of reaching 45 mph, the Century 3200 has a range of 400 miles, which makes it a choice for extended fishing trips. With an array of angling accessories and a spacious fighting deck, the Century 3200 was designed for avid fishermen.

The West Coast dealer for Challenger powerboats, Razor Yachts, will unveil the new Challenger 33 DDC 33 Powerboat, which was designed as a high performance offshore boat. The patented Duo Delta-Conic hull design by marine architect Harry Schoell incorporates two hulls into one, resulting in a constant planning surface with a single ventilated step to enhance stability, handling and efficiency. This swift deep-vee is said to be equally at home on offshore saltwater environments or large fresh water lakes and rivers.

Golden West Yachts International of Marina del Rey will introduce the new Norseman 480 Sedan motoryacht. This fast sedan-style cruiser was designed for demanding offshore conditions. The boat is offered with twin-helm stations and two large staterooms. Speeds to 24 knots top and cruise speeds to 20 knots can be achieved with the twin 450 Cummins diesels, according to Golden West.

Bayport Yachts will present the 2007 Carver 42 Sport Sedan with the new Volvo Penta IPS 500 Diesel.

H&S Yachts will premiere the new Navigator 48 Classic pilothouse motoryacht, built by Navigator Yachts in Perris. This is the first time the Navigator 48 Classic has been shown in Southern California. The vessel is known for its specific hull design that maximizes fuel efficiency while providing a smooth ride and solid choppy-water maneuverability. H&S Yachts will also unveil Silverton’s most popular model, the new Silverton 36 Convertible.

Olympic Boat Centers will display new models of the Meridian 459 motoryacht and Meridian 411 sedan with 360 degrees panoramic view from the salon and powered by the new QSB Cummins electronic engines.

On the brokerage side, Crow’s Nest will display the Cheoy Lee 103’ mega yacht, the largest boat in this year’s show.

‘There are plenty of boat shows, but only a handful are in California’s most populated county,’ says Duncan McIntosh, main organizer of the Marina del Rey Boat Show. ‘More than 13 million people live in the region, the show is the last opportunity before summer to move up, down or sideways into another boat. Marina del Rey is simply the best in-water site for a boat show in Los Angeles County. There are five waterfront hotels and restaurants and a great history of boating,’ McIntosh says.

McIntosh, who also organizes the spring Newport Boat Show now in its 34th year, and the Lido Yacht Expo in the fall, now in its 29th year, is publisher of the Sea and Go Boating magazines and The Log newspaper. He organizes the Marina del Rey Show for the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce.

Information, (949) 757-5959 or www.marinadelreyboatshow.com/

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