View of boats in dock slips on Lake Lanier.

A scene from last year’s Lake Lanier Boat Show at Margaritaville.

The Lake Lanier Boat Show is bringing together more boat dealers and more boats as it stages its spring event at Margaritaville at Lanier Island the weekend of March 3-5. The group has signed Transcend Roofing from Alpharetta as its title sponsor.

“Our dealers are ready for the start of the 2023 boating season on the lake and they’re bringing more boats to our Lake Lanier show,” said Tabor Reins, president of the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta, which is producing the event. “Doing a show here on Lake Lanier reaches the people who live at the lake or nearby. And it’s where our dealerships are located. It’s close by and the early spring timing couldn’t be better.”

The show was created to serve North Georgia and will include dealers selling multiple brands of 2023 models. As an on-the-water and on-land event, it will showcase the latest in boating and on-the-water recreation. Entertainment, food and family activities will be taking place throughout the weekend.

“Already we have so many boats that we’re using all the docks at Margaritaville, including the courtesy docks, to give people a chance to see center consoles, cruisers, ski boats, tritoons, wake boats and bass boats.”

“We’ll have no availability for people to come to the show by boat this year,” Reins said. “With the large inventory of watercraft, every bit of dock space is taken with our dealers and vendors.”

Vendor village will be set up in the parking lot at Grand Hall, with more boats on display. More than 30 vendors include dock builders, marine-related products and area businesses.

Southern Fishing’s Ken Sturdivant will offer seminars throughout the weekend. The Lake Lanier Association is providing life jackets families can borrow for their children to wear when they’re out on the docks. America’s Boating Club Atlanta’s booth will include its interactive boating safety simulator, as well as educational materials about the club.

“Once again, we’ll offer show pricing as well as the ability to order boats,” Reins said. “This is North Georgia’s premier boat show, so we’re looking forward to continuing to build our participation from the boating community and our dealers.”

Admission of $15 per person includes the gate fee at Lanier Islands. This is a special event staged at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands; attractions and activities at Margaritaville will be closed during the weekend, except for select restaurants and food outlets.

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