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Gulfcoast Yacht & Boat returns next weekend

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD 2013 
 A boat is carefully backed into position with other parked boats. The GulfCoast Yacht and Boat show will be held next weekend at the Gulfport Harbor.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD 2013 A boat is carefully backed into position with other parked boats. The GulfCoast Yacht and Boat show will be held next weekend at the Gulfport Harbor. SUN HERALD

The Gulfcoast Yacht & Boat show returns to South Mississippi next weekend.

The event will be held next Friday through April 10 and April 15-17 at the Gulfport Harbor. Hours for the show: next Friday and Saturday and April 15-16: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; April 10 and April 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single-day admission is $12, one weekend admission, $20 and two-day admission $25. Kids 16 and under get in free.

Gulfcoast Yacht & Boat show owner Rob Lynch expects strong attendance.

"If we get good weather, we'll have over 20,000 people attend," Lynch said. "If we have bad weather, we'll have under 10,000 people attend. That's why we decided to have the boat show on two different weekends: in case there's bad weather."

Called the largest boat show on the Gulf, the event is a one stop shopping center for the boating season. Over 700 vessels from 10' to over 100' in length are on display both on land and the water at one location. The vessels represent the best in Power, Sail, and Paddle Craft from the marine industry. Over 100 accessory vendors ranging from large diesel and outboard engines to electronics, art, apparel, docks, and gadgets will also be on display.

"It's the only show on the Gulf Coast where you'll see the different manufacturers from the Southeast," Lynch said. "It's the only place where you'll Yahama and Mercury factory boats."

The Yacht and Boat show will have two fishing events: the World's Richest Cobia Tournament and King of the Bulls-Bull Shark Tournament. The angler who catches the biggest Bull shark and biggest fish will be awarded a payout of $15,000. The World's Richest Cobia Tournament will be held on Saturday. Registration will continue up until 8 p m. Friday. Entry fee is $395. The Captains/Anglers' meeting will be held Thursday at the Island View Casino Showroom. All fish must be weighed in on the day they are caught. Tournament hours and dates are from 6 a.m. until the Weigh-in line closes at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Gulfport Harbor. The awards presentation will follow the weigh-in around 7:15 p.m. at the Gulfcoast Yacht and Boat Show between Docks 1 and 2. The King of the Bulls-Bull Shark Tournament will be held on April 16. Registration will continue up until 8 p m. Friday. Entry fee is $395. The Captains/Anglers' meeting will be held on April 14 at the Island View Casino Showroom. All sharks must be weighed in on the day they are caught. Tournament hours and dates are from 12:01 a.m. until the Weigh-in line closes at 7 p.m. on April 16 at the Gulfport Harbor. The awards presentation will follow the weigh-in around 7:15 p.m. at the Gulfcoast Yacht and Boat Show between Docks 1 and 2.

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