The Largest Boat Show In The Gulf

The South West International Boat Show is the largest in-water Boat Show in the Southwest – and THE premier Sail and Power Show for new and pre-owned vessels. This exciting event on Clear Lake features both freshwater and saltwater boats ready for boarding and viewing – with Pre-Season Season Specials and Dealer Incentive Programs available on many models and prices to suit all budgets! Shop a huge variety of products and services for the marine and outdoor lifestyle from top industry names, book sailing lessons, charters and attend educational workshops and seminars. A great family-friendly day out or a weekend getaway!

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    Amazing Opportunities to Learn

    Free Seminars

    Over 50 Free seminars hosted by industry experts on topics ranging from maintenance, weather, technology, destinations and many more. Review the full schedule and plan your trip today

    Workshops

    Because some things can’t be covered in just a single hour, we’re proud to offer in-depth educational workshops each day of the show. Advance Registration is required so secure your spot and register today.

    Hands-On Training

    What better place to get hands-on in-water training than at the boat show, we are offering numerous hand-on lessons for all skill levels. Space is extremely limited as classes are limited to 4 students per instructor so reserve your spot now.

    Tickets

    One Day Adult Pass
    15 and under: Free
    FREE PARKING
    10.00 USD

    One Day Adult Access

    400+ Boats

    200+ Vendors

    Live Music

    Seminars and Workshop

    Special Events

     

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    Special Events and Seminars

    Day 1
    17 Mar 2016
    Day 2
    18 Mar 2016
    Day 3
    19 Mar 2016
    Day 4
    20 Mar 2016
    Day 5
    06 Apr 2017
    Day 6
    07 Apr 2017
    Day 7
    08 Apr 2017
    Day 8
    09 Apr 2017

    Sail Repair

    Basics on how to repair a sail both at sea and at home, focusing on how to make repairs permanently or temporarily in such a way to keep sailing until...
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    Introduction to Sailing

    Introduction to Sailing with each guest taking a turn on a sailing simulator (only one in the US) and close with an” instructional tour” aboard one of the larger sailing...
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    Cruising the British Virgin Islands

    Find out how simple it is to cruise in one of the most beautiful groups of islands in the Caribbean.

    Kayaking Texas

    Garrett is an enthusiastic kayaker, to say the least, and can guide you to choose the right size kayak and accessories you may need for navigating various Texas water.

    Coastal Navigation

    Learn practical techniques to plan, navigate, and check your progress on the water.  Develop tools to quickly point to your position on a chart, and be able to use backup...
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    Marine Electric Propulsion in the 21st Century

    Recent technology changes make it feasible to power your boat electrically. David points out the pros and cons of converting sailboats and small powerboats to electric propulsion.

    How to Read A Chart

    How to Use a Chart – Whether you’re planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to...
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    First Aid While Cruising

    Greg shares life-saving tips on first aid at sea. What to do about sea sickness, heart attack, vomiting and more while away from shore.

    Sail Trim

    Learn tricks for keeping your boat properly trimmed on all points of sail. We’ll cover genoa sails, reading telltales on Genoa and Main and cruising spinnaker set up and trim.

    Kayak and Dinghy Your Way on Galveston Bay

    Sarah covers the pleasures of traversing interesting areas in the delicate ecosystem of Galveston Bay in a small boat.

    Introduction to Sailing

    Introduction to Sailing with each guest taking a turn on a sailing simulator (only one in the US) and close with an” instructional tour” aboard one of the larger sailing...
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    Fractional Boat Ownership

    Cut boat ownership costs and relinquish maintenance, insurance, etc. to a management company. Arrive at the dock and take off with family and friends. Ken will go over pros and...
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    Storm / Steering Drogues & Para-Anchors

    Zack covers different boating scenarios for using drag devices during storms and loss of rudder. Heaving-to and head-to-wind deployment of equipment is also reviewed.
    Zack Smith

    The 5-Step Plan to Your Cruising Dreams

    Five steps that guides you from dreaming about the cruising lifestyle, through training, experience, boat shopping & buying and learning your boat, to successfully voyaging and enjoying cruising. Chart the...
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    Researching and Choosing the Right Boat for You

    Christopher will go over some of the finer points of different types of sail and power boats showing you pros and cons of each to help you choose the boat...
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    Natural Gas Propulsion

    Imagine filling your boat with the same natural gas you have at your house. Natural gas fuel is much less expensive than gas or diesel with fewer emissions. Miguel will...
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    The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

    Shelley will be describing The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located 115 miles south of Galveston, which supports the northernmost coral reefs in the continental U.S.  Learn about this...
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    How to Buy a New or Used Yacht – Part A

    Captain Rick covers the nuances of the purchasing a power or sailing yacht in today’s marketplace. Capt. Rick is the current president of the Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association.

    Cruising Sail Selection & Construction

    Keith and Trent cover which sails you will have on your boat with the pros and cons to cruisers of various materials and construction techniques.

    Taking Great Underwater Photographs

    Danny has traveled all over the globe leading dive groups to exotic dive destinations. He has also been shooting underwater photography for over 25 years and has had his photos...
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    Enhance Your Working Knowledge of Engine Maintenance to Get the Most Out of Your Boating Experience

    Patrick covers tips and techniques for keeping your engine running reliably. Even if you don’t attempt these service items yourself, a working knowledge of them and their importance to your...
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    Financing Your Dream

    What do you need to know and how do you prepare to complete the purchase of your dream boat? Gerry goes step-by-step through the process of documents required and going...
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    Galveston Bay Destinations

    Philip photographically shows some favorite boating destinations in the bay area, as well as how to safely navigate to these destinations.
    Philip Kropf

    Cruising to Cuba

    Curious about Cuba? Interested in sailing with a large, organized flotilla to this new Caribbean destination? Chris will reveal what is planned for the 30+ boats and 142 people sailing...
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    Visiting Mexico By Private Boat

    “Fito” will provide a quick guide to entry requirements for private vessels, owners and crew with the different government authorities involved in the check-in procedure (immigration, Port Captain and Customs). We...
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    Natural Gas Propulsion

    Imagine filling your boat with the same natural gas you have at your house. Natural gas fuel is much less expensive than gas or diesel with fewer emissions. Miguel will...
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    Boat Canvas and Upholstery

    Tips and examples covering different canvas products for bimini tops, enclosures, dodgers and sprayhoods, full covers, cushions and formed seat upholstery.

    Kayak and Dinghy Your Way on Galveston Bay

    Sarah covers the pleasures of traversing interesting areas in the delicate ecosystem of Galveston Bay in a small boat.

    Safety on the Water

    Filing a float plan, minimum required equipment for vessels, examples of approved equipment, various ways to communicate with the Coast Guard and more. Start prepared and stay safe.

    Introduction to Sailing

    Introduction to Sailing with each guest taking a turn on a sailing simulator (only one in the US) and close with an” instructional tour” aboard one of the larger sailing...
    Read More

    Storm / Steering Drogues & Para-Anchors

    Zack covers different boating scenarios for using drag devices during storms and loss of rudder. Heaving-to and head-to-wind deployment of equipment is also reviewed.
    Zack Smith

    Researching and Choosing the Right Boat for You

    Christopher will go over some of the finer points of different types of sail and power boats showing you pros and cons of each to help you choose the boat...
    Read More

    How to Read A Chart

    Whether you’re planning a cruise, going fishing, or traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe boating. Charts will be available...
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    It’s Not Your Fault!!!…Docking a Boat Made Easy

    Is docking your boat an easy procedure, as it should be? Do you confidently and safely bring your boat into your slip or alongside your dock AND secure it to...
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    How to Buy a New or Used Yacht – Part B

    Captain Rick covers the nuances of the purchasing a power or sailing yacht in today’s marketplace. Captain Rick is the current president of the Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association.

    The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

    Shelley will be describing The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located 115 miles south of Galveston, which supports the northernmost coral reefs in the continental U.S.  Learn about this...
    Read More

    Keeping Your Boat Smelling Fresh

    When you arrive at your boat with family and guests is there a strange and offensive odor. Jennifer shares tips and techniques to give your boat a “fresh lease on...
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    Natural Gas Propulsion

    Imagine filling your boat with the same natural gas you have at your house. Natural gas fuel is much less expensive than gas or diesel with fewer emissions. Miguel will...
    Read More

    Cruising From Florida to the Caribbean

    Follow along as Jeff and Jean chart the route a couple can take from Florida to the Caribbean with only (almost) day sailing, and enjoying the sites along the way.

    Electric Outboard Propulsion for Sail and Power Boats

    Rick covers common options for electric outboard propulsion for sail and power boats currently on the market. Rick describes how electric motors are rated for power and how ratings relate...
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    Enhance Your Working Knowledge of Engine Maintenance to Get the Most Out of Your Boating Experience

    Patrick covers tips and techniques for keeping your engine running reliably. Even if you don’t attempt these service items yourself, a working knowledge of them and their importance to your...
    Read More

    Cruising Sail Selection & Construction

    Keith and Trent cover which sails you will have on your boat with the pros and cons to cruisers of various materials and construction techniques.

    Marine Electric Propulsion in the 21st Century

    Recent technology changes make it feasible to power your boat electrically. David points out the pros and cons of converting sailboats and small powerboats to electric propulsion.

    Cruising to Cuba

    Curious about Cuba? Interested in sailing with a large, organized flotilla to this new Caribbean destination? Chris will reveal what is planned for the 30+ boats and 142 people sailing...
    Read More

    Galveston Bay Destinations

    Philip photographically shows some favorite boating destinations in the bay area, as well as how to safely navigate to these destinations.
    Philip Kropf

    Visiting Mexico By Private Boat

    “Fito” will provide a quick guide to entry requirements for private vessels, owners and crew with the different government authorities involved in the check-in procedure (immigration, Port Captain and Customs). We...
    Read More

    Cruising the British Virgin Islands

    Find out how simple it is to cruise in one of the most beautiful groups of islands in the Caribbean.

    Taking Great Underwater Photographs

    Danny has traveled all over the globe leading dive groups to exotic dive destinations. He has also been shooting underwater photography for over 25 years and has had his photos...
    Read More

    Introduction to Sailing

    Introduction to Sailing with each guest taking a turn on a sailing simulator (only one in the US) and close with an” instructional tour” aboard one of the larger sailing...
    Read More

    Luxury Yachting at a Fraction of the Cost

    Learn how you can sail today in a brand new yacht at a fraction of the cost of traditional boat ownership without any of the ownership hassles.

    Onboard Communications Using VHF & VHF/DSC Marine Radio

    Learn how to use your VHF radio like a pro, including the new digital selective calling (DSC) rescue feature. You’ll get tips on purchasing and installing VHF, using the correct...
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    Choosing a Cat for Two

    There are significant differences in design choices among the large cruising Cats available today. Explore the design and build tradeoffs, and walk through the different features and layout choices to...
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    VIP and Press Day

    The Boat Show takes place over 4 days from April 6-9, 2017. A full list of exhibitors, seminars and workshops will be coming soon, so check back closer to the show.

    Live Music

    Great live acts all day!

    Seminar Program – Day 1

    This year’s Southwest International Boat Show will once again feature an impressive array of over 50+ FREE, with admission, hourly educational and entertaining seminar presentations. All of the seminars will...
    Read More

    Show Hours – Day 2

    The Boat Show takes place over 4 days from April 6-9, 2017. A full list of exhibitors, seminars and workshops will be coming soon, so check back closer to the…

    Live Music – Day 2

    Great live acts all day!

    Educational Workshops – Day 2

    Looking for something more in-depth then a 1-hour seminar? Try one of the exciting full or half-day educational workshops being offered at the show. Please note that paid registration is...
    Read More

    Seminar Program – Day 2

    This year’s Southwest International Boat Show will once again feature an impressive array of over 50+ FREE, with admission, hourly educational and entertaining seminar presentations. All of the seminars will...
    Read More

    Show Hours – Day 3

    The Boat Show takes place over 4 days from April 6-9, 2017. A full list of exhibitors, seminars and workshops will be coming soon, so check back closer to the...
    Read More

    Educational Workshops – Day 3

    Looking for something more in-depth then a 1-hour seminar? Try one of the exciting full or half-day educational workshops being offered at the show. Please note that paid registration is...
    Read More

    Seminar Program – Day 3

    This year’s Southwest International Boat Show will once again feature an impressive array of over 50+ FREE, with admission, hourly educational and entertaining seminar presentations. All of the seminars will...
    Read More

    Live Music – Day 3

    Great live acts all day!

    Show Hours – Day 4

    The Boat Show takes place over 4 days from April 6-9, 2017. A full list of exhibitors, seminars and workshops will be coming soon, so check back closer to the…

    Live Music – Day 4

    Great live acts all day!

    Educational Workshops – Day 4

    Looking for something more in-depth then a 1-hour seminar? Try one of the exciting full or half-day educational workshops being offered at the show. Please note that paid registration is...
    Read More

    Seminar Program – Day 4

    Seminars on various boating related topics, from couples cruising to digital communication technologies and marine electric propulsion plus many more – there is something for everyone to learn at this...
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    Event Location

    South Shore Harbour Marina
    2551, South Shore Blvd., League City, TX 77573
    Info@southwestinternationalboatshow.com

    Host Hotel

    South Shore Harbour Resort & Spa
    2500, South Shore Blvd., League City, TX 77573
    The Resort has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation, with refreshed contemporary design and enhanced guest experiences.

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