From the Boathouse: After taxes, a treat in the harbor

April 18, 2013|By Mike Whitehead


April means different things to different people — like making the last minute tax-filing deadline, or the Lexus Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race — but to me, April means the Newport Boat Show.

In my column last week, I mentioned how a couple of states have capped their vessel sales tax to try to lure more boat sales to their states. Additionally, did you know that the large boat shows in Florida generate more for the state's economy in a few weeks than the citrus industry generates in a whole year? So yes, boating is an economic powerhouse.


This week, we have one of the largest boat shows on the West Coast, and it's also known as the premier boat show. You should plan to visit the 40th annual Newport Boat Show, which began Wednesday and will continue through Sunday.

You can see the temporary docks and floating boats in Newport Harbor off the Lido Marina Village. At the village, the boardwalk is lined with vendors' displays selling accessories, insurance, towing packages and much more. Additionally, you can bring your dog to the show, but just keep Fluff-Fluff on a leash and pick up any deposits left behind.

This show hosts the bigger yachts; vessels can range up to 100 feet in length and have multimillion-dollar price tags. Just keep me off the docks if I have my checkbook in my pocket.

More than 200 boats will be on display. It will be a great time for walking the docks to view the spectacular yachts. Duncan McIntosh, the show organizer, managed the logistical challenge of getting all the boats into the lagoons and docks before the show started this week.

I highly recommend that you use the free off-site parking and free shuttles that depart every 15 minutes. There are two locations for free parking, and during the week, you can park at the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church, 798 Dover Drive. If you are planning to visit the show Saturday or Sunday, then park at the Hoag Health Center on Superior Avenue. Unfortunately, you cannot visit the show by boat, since no tie-up spaces are available.

You can surf to to find out hours and ticket prices to go on the docks.

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