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The Newport Beach International Boat Show 2023! An immersive experience in the celebration of boats and yachts

This extravagant event showcased the best in boating, yachting, and marine technology

The Newport Beach International Boat Show was held Thursday April 27, 2023 thru Sunday, April 30, 2023 at the beautiful Lido Marina Village, 3432 Via Oporto,Newport Beach, CA 92663.

The Boat Show Hours (10AM-7 PM) and Sunday (10AM-5 PM)

This extravagant event showcased the best in boating, yachting, and marine technology, offering guests a one –of-a-kind exposure to an impressive selection of boats and yachts, ranging from high performance powerboats and sailboats to luxury super yachts.

The show featured a variety of marine- related exhibits and demonstrations from over 75 exhibitors, presenting the latest in services, accessories, clothing, services and marine technology, as well as live musical performances.

There were over 5, 000 attendees per day, 40-60 dealers were present, and between200-300 boats on display.

The Newport Beach International Boat Show is more than a festival of beautiful boats and yachts, but a celebration of the Newport Beach lifestyle- the love and appreciation of the ocean, nature, with the pursuit and indulgence of the finer things in life.

I was fortunate to be able to board one of the largest yacht in the show, the lavish and opulent 143" (43.59m) LEIGHT STAR".

The LEIGHT STAR is owned by the youthful looking 82 year old US billionaire Howard Leight.

The LEIGHT STAR yacht's value is $10 million with her annual running cost of $1 million yearly. The yacht has a weekly charter fee of $125,000. She was built in 1984 by Sun Coast Marine, and has a large Spa Pool, Alfresco Dining, Fireplace, Formal Dining Area, Helipad, and can accommodate 10 guests sleeping overnight

Howard graciously invited me aboard and gave an informal interview. Howard Leight is the founder of the Howard Leight Company, which designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of earplugs, earmuff, and other hearing protection products. Howard's father starting selling and marketing ear plugs to ship building companies during WW2. He explained that a ship welder would become deaf in two weeks without the proper protection from an earplug.

There was a lively after party on Friday 28th on the Lido Deck for Italian Night with Ferrari and Italian Singer Stefano from 7-10PM. Tasty appetizers and drinks were offered and appreciated.

There was an After –After Party aboard the LEIGHT STAR yacht, that I was invited but did not attend because of the long drive back to Los Angeles from Newport Beach.

The Newport Beach International Boat Show is a luxurious and fun exposure to yachting at its finest! For more information:


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