Why visit Annapolis Sailboat Show?

May 23, 2024
Team Coboaters

Why visit Annapolis Sailboat Show?

The Annapolis Sailboat Boat Show is organized every year in October at the City Dock, Annapolis, MD. It is also called the United States Sailboat Show. Most large and small sailboats manufacturers choose this Annapolis boat show to premiere boats, boating and sailing gears.

In 2024, the Annapolis sailboat show will take place from October 10 to 14 at the City Dock, Annapolis, MD.

6 Good reasons to visit Annapolis Sailboat Show:

  1. The largest sailboat exhibition in North America
  2. Great family events throughout the show
  3. New boats and innovative products
  4. Ideal time of the year for boaters and charters
  5. Sailing schools and Yacht clubs booth
  6. Beautiful maritime city of Annapolis
  7. The Cruisers University

In addition to the in-water show, this Sailboat Show welcome dozens of other exhibitors under very well organized tents. You will find everything you need for your sailboat, your dinghy or your next boating adventures. There are also numerous educational and fun activities available during the show.

1. The largest Sailboat exhibition in North America

Dozens of boats are to be seen from 15 feet to 90 feet, you will be able to board most of them and to compare prices and features. All major brands are represented as well as some smaller shipyards and niche manufacturer: Beautiful yachts and classic boats. Annapolis also welcome Multihulls, more than 50 models are usually available.

Annapolis Sailboat Show is the largest in North America in number of boats and other exhibitors.

In water shows are great, they gives boaters the opportunity to board the boats and inspect every details. You can meet with their representatives and compare boats side-by-side.

2. Annapolis Sailboat Show: A Great family event

Visit with your family and you will not be disappointed. There are great thing for everyone, kids and grown-up. For example, you can come to the Cruisers Creating Content Booth where rotating content creators will be meeting with you and share their life-time experience on board often with children.

3. New boats and Innovative Products

A lot of brands choose Annapolis to premier their new models in North America. You can discover the latest innovations and select new products from sailgears, to ropes, lines, accessories, safety equipment and much more. The show is so big that you will be able to find everything you need.

4. Ideal time of the year for boaters

Fall is a great time for boat shows because it allows you to check what you need for the future. Boat deliveries often takes several months and sometimes even more so visiting and choosing your boat in the fall makes sense if you want to sail next summer or next spring.

If you live on your boat and intend to head South for the winter Annapolis Sailboat show is a traditional and great stopover on your way. Many people gather there and enjoy Chesapeake Bay.

5. Sailing Schools, Yacht Clubs and Charters

Numerous sailing organizations exhibit in Annapolis in the fall. You will be able to discuss with school members, instructors, coaches and captains. It is a great opportunity to plan you next sailing lessons with American Sailing Association for example or other offshore navigation schools.

Planning your next charter cruise in the Carribeans, the Med or elsewhere is easy because charters companies offer their best opportunities during the sailboat exposition. Visitors can see the boat, most of the time their multihulls and compare destinations, prices and facilities.

6. Beautiful maritime city of Annapolis

The show takes place in beautiful Annapolis historic downtown. Great restaurants, bars and shops are at a walking distance to the show. It is perfect for the entire family and friends, children and adults.

This town has a long maritime history is the home of the famous US Naval Academy. Walking down the old town is a great experience, the city is vibrant and very friendly, boats everywhere, great shops and cozy smaller boutiques. You will enjoy your time after visiting the sailboats exhibition.

7. The Cruisers University

The Annapolis Sailboat Show offers interesting and exciting educational opportunities. You can join the Cruisers University and participate to their seminar to increase your boating knowledge and skills.

Cruisers University will be held Monday, October 7th – Friday, October 11th 2024 and takes place at Historic Inns of Annapolis – 58 State Cir, Annapolis, MD 21401

Seminars and courses include:

  • Diesel maintenance
  • First aid/CPR
  • Navigation
  • Become a cruiser
  • Marine weather
  • Marine electrical
  • Provisioning
  • Marine battery explained
  • Hurricane preparation
  • and more
Aerial view of the Boat Show at Annapolis City Dock
Aerial view of the Boat Show at Annapolis City Dock
Catamaran at the show. View of the bow
Catamaran at the sailboat show

Practical information

Annapolis Sailboat Show hours and schedule:

October 10-14, 2024

  • Thursday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Friday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am – 6:30pm
  • Monday: 10:00am – 5:00pm


City Dock & Harbor

1 Dock Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

Sailboat Show ticket prices for 2024:

Tickets are cheaper if you buy them online before the show

  • Children 7 to 15: $9 – Children 6 and under are free.
  • Preview Day entrance : $50 Valid for one day only, October 10, 2024.

  • 2 -Day Preview Day Combo : $65

  • 2-Day Combo : $45

  • General Admission for Adult : $30 (and $9 for children between 7 and 15)

Annapolis Sailboat show VIP lounge tickets and parking

VIP tickets are also available for $250. The VIP experience includes:

VIP Lounge Ticket

  • Unlimited entry to the VIP lounge for one day. The boat show exclusive lounge provides comfortable seating, fabulous complimentary cuisine with wine, beer and spirit tastings.

Please note that the VIP ticket is valid for one day only.

VIP Sailboat show parking ticket:

  • Valid for one car only.

  • Park very near the Sailboat show entrance at the Donner parking lot

  • Location: 120 Compromise St. Annapolis, MD 21401

  • One ticket per car is needed

FOr more information, please visit the  Official Annapolis Sailboat show website


Related articles:

If you like boat shows, you will be interest in the following articles:

Why visit Newport International Boat Show

Why is Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show so great?

May 23, 2024
Team Coboaters

Related Posts

Why is Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show so great?

February 6, 2024

Read More
Silenseas sailing boat is another new wind powered ship for passengers
New Wind-Powered Cargo ships: The future of marine transportation?

January 29, 2024

Read More
3 top benefits of sailing

January 17, 2024

Read More

Subscribe Now!

Subscribe here for Coboaters Newsletter: Tips, crew opportunities, stories and much more.