MOREHEAD CITY — Boat lovers got their fill Saturday as the 11th annual Crystal Coast Boat Show provided everything needed to purchase a boat or boating supplies.

According to Lisa Rueh, Downtown Morehead City Inc. executive director, there were more than 70 boats lined up along the waterfront.

“I am so pleased with the turnout so far,” she said. “We had people coming around 8 (a.m.) just strolling around and it’s picked up ever since.”

There were different boating vendors offering their knowledge on the different types of water vessels.

James Patterson with Big Rock Boat Sales and Brokerage in Morehead City was on-site selling different models of boats, including the 267 Sportsman Bay Boat.

“We have everything from a 19-foot skiff to a 43-foot Viking and everything in between,” Mr. Patterson said.

Mr. Patterson said he was also displaying some new inventory with their partner, Collins Inc., based out of Smithfiled.

“They can’t get down to the beach, and we have a great partnership,” he said.

Mr. Patterson said the Crystal Coast Boat Show was a great way for people to shop for boats.

“They can see all the boats in one place,” he said. “They can come pricing and don’t have to drive to different boat dealerships.”

The show also offered a means for people to sell their craft before purchasing a new one.

Among those browsing for a new boat were Wayne Tyer and his wife Deanna, who live in the Merrimon/South River area.

Mr. Tyer said he currently has a 20-foot skiff built on Harkers Island by local boatbuilder Walter Guthrie.

Mr. Tyer said he uses the skiff for duck hunting and fishing.

“We are looking for something a little bigger, something we can ride in,” he said.

The couple said they were looking for something with comfortable seating, a radio, a bathroom and, of course, fishing capabilities.

As well as information on purchasing a boat, different vendors dedicated to recreational boating were set up around Jaycee Park.

Among the vendors was America’s Boating Club of the Crystal Coast Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron Inc., a local chapter of the national organization U.S. Power Squadrons.

Cmdr. Scott Aitken was explaining what the club does.

The club currently has 120 members, meets monthly for a dinner and hosts boating activities throughout the year.

He said the organization covers three main things, education, socialization and boating activities.

According to Cmdr. Aitken, those who stopped by the booth Saturday seemed mostly interested in the club’s Americas Boating Course.

“You can take that if you don’t know anything about boating,” he said. “After you finish, you can get a card and a small discount on boating insurance.”

The Crystal Coast Boat Show also offered fun boating activities.

Sail Carteret was set up at 10th Street beach to provide free sailboat rides.

Maureen Pascucci of Massachusetts and Beaufort was the first in line for a ride.

“I love the water. I just love sailing. There’s nothing like sailing,” she said.

Ms. Pascucci was attending the Crystal Coast Boat Show for the first time. She said she heard about it on the news and wanted to check it out.

“I walked up and down the street and met a lot of nice, friendly people,” she said.

Though the day was about boats, the Morehead City chapter  of the Antique Automobile Club of America took the opportunity to display their antique cars during the 46th annual antique auto show.

The Crystal Coast Boat Show continues Sunday with more free sailboat rides and a cornhole tournament hosted by the Carteret County Homebuilders Association.

Contact Megan Soult at 252-726-7081, ext. 228; email megan.soult@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @meganCCNT.

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