The San Diego International Boat Show will bring 150 boats and a wide range of nautical activities to Harbor Island for four days beginning Thursday.

Vessels on display will range from entry-level family cruisers and personal watercraft to luxury motor and sailing yachts. In addition to the boats, there will be 125 exhibitors of marine and fishing equipment and accessories

The annual show, which drew nearly 6,500 people in 2013,  is sponsored by Progressive Insurance, the California Yacht Brokers Association, the San Diego Superyacht Association and the Port of San Diego.

Among the highlights:

  • Try paddle sports, including stand-up paddling and kayaking. Visitors are encouraged to bring their bathing suits; life jackets and changing room are provided.
  • Learn to SCUBA with a certified instructor.
  • Take a free sailing lesson aboard the sailing simulator.
  • Sample nautical tastes , including the floating Tiki Bar, the Anchors & Ales Beer Garden, and popular food trucks.
  • Climb aboard a Vietnam War-era Swift boat from the San Diego Maritime Museum.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, June 19-20; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 21; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, June 22. Admission is $12 for adults, and children 15 and under are free.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.

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