making memories at the san diego boat show



I was recently invited to attend the San Diego International Boat Show, and the moment I saw the invitation, I found there were tears in my eyes.

Growing up, this was one of the biggest highlights of my dads year, and it was such a joy to be able to go with him sometimes and see the happiness it brought him.  The memories it created and the warm feelings I still have all these years later even after he’s passed away… is exactly why I want this year to be the beginning of creating the same tradition with my own kids.

dadboat grandpa don

I am beyond excited, and I am honored to be able to share the details with you all in hopes that you’ll want to begin creating the same lasting warm feelings in your family as well.


Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show Makes a Splash June 20-23, 2013

Annual Summer Boat Show Offers Nautical Retreat for New and Seasoned Boaters with Sales on the Newest Boats and Accessories, Superyachts, Stand Up Paddling, On-Water Education and More

The Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show, formerly the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show, cruises into Harbor Island June 20-23, 2013 for four days of fun on the water. As the region’s premier summer boating event, the 2013 boat show provides attendees an all-access pass to discover the boating lifestyle and a chance to shop the newest boats and marine accessories. More than 100 vessels, from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft to luxury motor and sailing yachts, plus a new selection of superyachts, will be docked in the marina and parked on land for visitors to browse, board and buy.

The Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show, in partnership with the California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) and San Diego Superyacht Association, is 30 percent larger this year, with more than 150 boats, plus hundreds of the newest marine gear and accessories for sale. The boat show also offers a festive seaside atmosphere and is THE place to see and 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.

2013 Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show highlights include:

New! Discover the life of luxury aboard superyachts: For the first time, the boat show will feature a selection of superyachts from 100 ft. and up. Whether a big buyer or dreamer, visitors won’t want to miss this fleet of yachts.


New! DIY Fun: Head to Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, a garage-like setting, to learn how to keep that boat in tip-top shape. Check the website for registration details and seminar schedules.

On-Water Educational Clinics & Seminars: Discover Boating Puts You At The Helm during 60-to 90-minute onwater skills-building clinics, with instruction on a variety power boating and sailing topics. And for a more indepth experience, there are several advanced 3 ½-hour, underway courses scheduled.

The CYBA will be presenting dozens of on-land seminars ranging from “intro to boating” to lessons for experienced skippers.

**Advance registration for on-water clinics is highly recommended; fee for each on-water Discover Boating clinic includes complimentary boat show admission for the day; participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Learn to SCUBA: At the ‘Be a Diver Pool,’ dive into an underwater world in the comfort of a heated pool.  Anyone ages 10 and older can learn how to scuba dive with a certified instructor – all one needs is a swimsuit to participate. The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) will supply the scuba gear, changing rooms and hair dryers. Participants can also get a photo taken underwater as a keepsake.


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.

Complete details about the boat show can be found at

Show Details:


Thursday through Sunday, June 20-23, 2013

Thursday, June 20 and 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.


Sheraton Harbor Island and Spanish Landing Park

1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


$12 – Adults (13 years & older)

FREE – Children (12 years & under) and military personnel with proper ID

Advance tickets can be purchased online at


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