Friday, June 14, 2013

Someday My Ship Will Come In!

Photo Credit: SanDiegoInternationalBoatShow.com
You may not know this about me, but I'm shopping around for a luxury yacht. Yep. I'm in the market for a top-of-the-line yacht to cruise the world and have a hot boyfriend in ever port. Okay, I'm dreaming...

When I turned 25 (14 years ago), my fun friends and I took a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and had a blast at the beach and bars. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw all the expensive yachts with all the luxuries in the harbor - especially the ones with the helicopter pad on top! I only saw them from afar, but got a glimpse into the glamorous sea life. I also saw some awesome boats for sale recently in Dana Point when we went whale watching on Mother's Day, but they were definitely out of my price range. Our Sea Doo and stand up paddleboard will likely be the only watercraft we own for a while.
This is the (yet-to-be-used) inflatable, portable SUP I bought Daddy-O for Christmas this year!
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But if you're like me and enjoy lusting after the boating lifestyle, you should check out the upcoming San Diego International Boat Show this June 20-23! It's Southern California’s premier summer boating event and lets attendees dive into the boating lifestyle for a day. You can shop for new boats and marine accessories from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft to luxury motor and sailing yachts. There will also be a new selection of superyachts docked in the marina and parked on land for visitors to browse, board and buy.

Photo Credit: SanDiegoInternationalBoatShow.com
This awesome boat show also offers a festive seaside atmosphere for visitors to experience everything that boating has to offer, with activities and education for all ages, including a chance to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and take a variety of boating courses on-land or in-water. Food, beverages and live entertainment will also be available, making the boat show the ideal place to enjoy a fun day on San Diego Bay and discover boating.

Photo Credit: SanDiegoInternationalBoatShow.com
The San Diego International Boat Show highlights include:
  • A selection of superyachts from 100 ft. and up. 
  • DIY Fun: Head to Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, a garage-like setting, to learn how to keep a boat in tip-top shape. 
  • On-Water Educational Clinics & Seminars: Discover Boating Puts You At The Helm during 60-to 90-minute on-water skills-building clinics, with instruction on a variety of power boating and sailing topics.
  • Several advanced 3 ½-hour courses scheduled. 
  • The California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) will be presenting dozens of on-land seminars ranging from “intro to boating” to lessons for experienced skippers.
  • Learn to SCUBA (for ages 10+): At the ‘Be a Diver Pool,’ dive into an underwater world in the comfort of a heated pool.
  • Paddlesports fun at Try It Cove: Try It Cove challenges attendees to find out firsthand why paddlesports are all the rage with a variety of daily opportunities to get on the water, including Stand Up Paddling (SUP), kayaking and more.
When
Thursday through Sunday, June 20-23, 2013
Thursday, June 20 – Noon to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 21 – Noon to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 –10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where
Sheraton Harbor Island and Spanish Landing Park; 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets:
Admission: $12 – Adults (13 years & older)
FREE – Children (12 years & under) and military personnel with proper ID
Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.SanDiegoInternationalBoatShow.com

If you'd like to win tickets for your family to the boat show, leave a comment for me below and/or tweet me up on Twitter. As far as boating goes for me, someday my ship will come in... Until then, I'll see you on the water, flexing my muscles on a SUP! 

Disclaimer: I wasn't compensated for this post, but I'm waiting for someone to send me the keys to their yacht for a test spin. I'll let you know when at that happens. 

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