Thousands Dream Of Summer As Annual Boat Show Docks In Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A thick layer of snow blankets the ground in Charm City, but thousands will be dreaming of summer this weekend at the Baltimore Boat Show.

As Gigi Barnett explains, one of the new attractions this year involves a line and a pole.

This is what summer looks like. It’s a 22-footer, a pontoon, or maybe a fully loaded tugboat. Most of the folks at the Baltimore Convention Center can see it well.

“It’s warm in here and you kind of dream about the warm months coming,” said Mary Dawkins, boat show visitor.

And the dead of winter is the right time to buy.

“I bought a lot of boats here over the years,” said Donald Ellis, boat show visitor.

And Ellis says he’s always looking to upgrade.

“I’ve had 33 boats and I haven’t found one yet that suits me 100 percent,” he said.

“I’m looking for a little bigger boat,” said Captain Tom Hallock.

Hallock says he needs a little more space on the seas. With more than 200 boats and 150 vendors, he may find what he’s looking for at the region’s largest boat show.

“It’s a way of life. You can have so much fun out there in that water,” he said.

For the first time ever at the Baltimore Boat Show, you can learn how to fly fish because it’s not just about offering you a boat, but also the trappings that come along with it.

“There’s everything you need to be able to buy the boat, insure the boat, finance the boat. It’s all here.” said Tara Davis, boat show spokesperson. “Now is the time to think about buying the boat so that it’s ready when the weather warms up.”

Summer daydreams are included.

This is the 60th year that the Baltimore Boat Show has docked in Charm City. It sails out of town on Sunday.

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