NEWPORT BEACH — When driving down Newport Boulevard toward Lido Marina Village, the bright white finish off hundreds of yachts beckons for a closer look.
If you're up for getting a glimpse at how accommodating life on the water can be, or you have a few hundred thousand dollars to spare, the 38th annual Newport Boat Show is worth a visit.
The show opened Thursday and runs through Sunday.
From trawlers to tugboats and mega-yachts, the show is where attendees will likely find what you're looking for, even if it's boaters insurance or a new deck finish.
Dealers said the market is slowly picking up again after years in the doldrums because of the recession, and Newport Beach resident Rob Burns was one of those dipping his feet back in the water.
"I'm just trying to get my feelers out," Burns said. "I'm retired. Looking for a powerboat, maybe 45 to 55 feet. Something manageable by two people and fuel-efficient."