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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Here is a small sampling of our exhibitors, check out the exhibitors section for a complete list.

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

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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.

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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.

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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
23 Sep 2016
Day 6
24 Sep 2016
Day 7
25 Sep 2016

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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Choosing the Right Anchor

Danforth, CQR on and on…how do you choose the right anchor for your boat? Greg shares tips, with actual anchors and accessories, to help you make an informed decision.

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...
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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

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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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...
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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...
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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.

Women on Water

“Women on Water” is designed to help women become comfortable operating their boats. Learn the rules of the road, terminology, knot tying and boat handling. For women only.

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 3 days from September 23-25, 2016. 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! See who’s playing right now.

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...
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Show Hours – Day 2

The Boat Show takes place over 3 days from September 23-25, 2016. 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! See who’s playing right now.

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...
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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 3 days from September 23-25, 2016. 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! See who’s playing right now.

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

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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