Local yacht design firm contributed to the new 35-foot model
Nearly 300 boats and more than 100 exhibitors are expected to take part in the 36th annual Suncoast Boat Show to be held Friday through Sunday at Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota.
Boats from inflatables to 85-foot yachts will be shown, including the first new boat made by the resuscitated Bertram Yachts brand. The name and rights to the legendary Florida-based builder's brand was bought by an Italian company, the Gavio Group, which bought a Tampa boatyard to resume production.
Gavio worked with Sarasota-based Michael Peters Yacht Design to recreate the original Bertram, the 35-foot Moppie.
The bigger vessels will include the Bertram 35, the sporty Viking 75, the Ocean Alexander 70 and 85 and Prestige yachts, the more traditional-looking Minorca Islander 42, and the sportfishing Hatteras 45, organizers said.
“Recreational boating continues to be strong in terms of sales and attracting new boating enthusiasts that are coming aboard and buying,” Andrew Doole, general manager and vice president of Informa, the company that owns and produces the Suncoast Boat Show, said in a news release.
“The show provides a glimpse of buyer trends as dealers and manufacturers offer some of their most attractive incentives while giving shoppers the chance to compare different boats, and different dealers, all in one location.”
Exhibitor tents will show new electronics and accessories as well as marine-themed jewelry, art and clothing.
Informational seminars will be held by the International Game Fishing Association and kid’s fishing clinics will be sponsored by Hook the Future.
Food, drink and live music will be on hand.