Media Advisory

 from Lake Erie Marine Trades Association

Contact: Michelle Burke (216) 244-4875


Cleveland’s downtown North Coast Harbor is set to come alive with boating activity when an expected fleet of nearly one hundred new power and sailboats of all sizes dock for a 3-day special event, Friday thru Sunday, September 13-15.

It’s the all-free Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show being staged by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (LEMTA) in the shadow of the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show boats will take over all the popular transient docks in the appropriately named Rock & Dock Marina that boaters flock to each year to visit downtown Cleveland and all the amenities surrounding this harbor.

This will be the third year for the show that includes dealers from across northern Ohio showing boats ranging from small fishing machines to large cruisers and motor yachts. All the boats will be open for boarding and most will be available for demonstrations rides for qualified buyers.

“This show is the final big sales event of the season for dealers,” explains Michelle Burke, LEMTA president, “so it’s as much a buyer’s show as it is a great opportunity for people thinking about getting into boating to explore many different styles and sizes.”

Dozens of exhibitors can be expected to display major brands, including name like: Boston Whaler, Albemarle and Nautic Star (shown by Clemons Boats); Regulator and World Cat (displayed by Catawba Moorings); Chris Craft, Pursuit, Grady White and Regal (from South Shore Marine); Robalo, Chaparral, Bennington and Crownline (by Boatmasters Marine); Sea Fox (by Beaver Park Marine); Moomba, Nautique and Monterey (Buckeye Sports Center); Jeanneau Sail (Riverfront Yacht Sales), to note a few.

“The North Coast Harbor is an exciting location right in the heart of the city,” says Burke. “The setting is one of energy and activity, not just because of the iconic Rock Hall, but it’s surrounded by the Great Lakes Science Center, the floating Steamship William G. Mather Museum, and the popular Nuevo Restaurant that will feature live music and special foods and beverages. The city towers up over it all creating a truly unique background,” she adds.

The show purposely opens on Friday before lunchtime so workers from the many nearby office buildings can stroll down to see the harbor activity. It’s also expected to draw boaters from well outside the Cleveland area. For many it will be a first visit to experience all the North Coast Harbor offers.

Admission is FREE. Boats will be open for boarding: Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to:                                                                                                                                                                 ######