Canton, Baltimore’s revitalized waterfront neighborhood, offers neighboring Fells Point and the Inner Harbor friendly competition for visitors this month with the inaugural Canton Boat Show & Fishing Expo. Featuring sail and power boats (new and brokered), the show will run April 11 to 14 at the 500-slip Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point, a marina-resort complex in a former licorice factory on Northwest Harbor. The marina is about three miles downriver from the Inner Harbor.
In addition to 100-plus exhibitors, the in-water show will have instructional presentations by the Chesapeake Power Boat Association and the U.S. Coast Guard, speakers who include a powerboat racing champion and a Chesapeake charter captain, a display of antique boats and fishing tackle, a special exhibit on the Volvo Ocean Race, and tours of the topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II.
Karen Raspe of Marathon Productions, producers of the show, says they hope to achieve better success than previous boat shows on the city’s waterfront. The group also produces the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show in Timonium, Md. Hours for the Canton show are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For information call 800-378-4315 or visit www.boatshowsonline.com.