Down the Hatch & Sea Love Marina Antique Boat Show & Swap Meet – On Florida’s East Coast


We all recognize Daytona Beach, Florida as the home of NASCAR and the historic Daytona International Speedway. But just a few miles south of Daytona Beach you will find the small, relaxed community of Ponce Inlet. The area is best known for being home to Florida’s tallest lighthouse and a marine science center with interactive exhibits, a boardwalk, observation tower and nature trails.

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach in the Town of Ponce Inlet. Situated on the north bank of Ponce Inlet where the Halifax and Indian Rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is a must see for anyone interested in Florida, maritime, or local history.

It is said that in 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon was exploring the land and waters around the inlet that today bears his name. In 1886-87, a 175 foot high lighthouse was built and named after Ponce de Leon. Ponce Inlet, Florida was named after Antonio Ponce, who was granted land here during the Spanish occupation of Florida.

The Historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

Past President of the Sunnyland ACBS Guy Marvin is inviting classic boaters and spectators for a special weekend getaway and boat show in historic Ponce Inlet on Sept. 28th 29th & 30th, 2012.

The 3rd Annual Antique Boat Show & Swap Meet
Ponce Inlet, Florida

The 3rd annual Antique Boat Show & Swap Meet is coming to Down the Hatch Seafood Company in Ponce Inlet September 28-30. The Antique Boat Show presented by Down the Hatch Seafood Company, Sea Love Marina and Sea Love Boat Works is the only antique boat show on the east coast of Florida. The three day weekend gathering is a non ACBS sanctioned event and has a variety of maritime themed activities that will appeal to boating enthusiasts, exhibitors and families alike.

Antique boat exhibitors will be traveling from all over Florida to the historically treasured inlet community to compete in a variety of classifications for best in show. All entries considered must be in operable condition to qualify for prizes. State of the art concrete floating docks in addition to on land vessels on trailers will allow easy access for spectators to view the classics at hand.

Ponce Inlet Florida – Photo Courtesy Florida – Daytona

Friday will give exhibitors and vendors the day to set up and register while enjoying the picturesque seaside community. Down the Hatch and Sea Love Marina will feature a great vantage spot for those wishing to get a preview of the weekend’s display being put together. Join us at the Hatch for Friday’s nightly entertainment, dinner and drinks while enjoying a spectacular sunset across the river.

Saturday hours are from 9am – 8pm & Sunday hours are 9am – 4pm for both the boat show at Sea Love Marina and the nautical/marine swap meet at Sea Love Boat Works followed by a participants barbeque on Saturday at 6pm. The main event live concert will be held Saturday from 1-5pm with the Then 2 Now band and from 6-10pm with the Mob band and on Sunday 1-5pm with the Mob band and 6-10pm with the Then 2 Now band and guarantees to rock the boats and crowd. The awards luncheon will celebrate the best in show on Sunday from 2 – 3pm and the awards will be given out at 3pm.

For complete details and registration information please visit

VENDORS: showcase your products and reserve vendor space, CONTACT Jacque at 386 761-4831. To participate in the Marine Swap Meet or Boat Show, contact Linda at 386-761-5434. Follow Down the Hatch Seafood Company on Facebook.

Registration and Information
A Non-Sanctioned Antique Boat Show
Down the Hatch & Sea Love Marina East Coast Antique Boat Show
4894 Front Street – Ponce Inlet, Florida 32127
Contact: Linda @ Sea Love Marina 386-761-5434
Activities: Friday, Saturday & Sunday Sept. 28, 29 & 30 2012 – Awards Sunday

Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend on the beautiful east coast of Florida in late September.


8 replies
  1. ranger
    ranger says:

    We attended the first show for this event and took home “best antique boat” award…

    these folks were alot of fun to hang around and play with; the docks were fantastic. there were alot of big boats and a nice display of smaller boats on land, we were in the water.

    we couldn’t attend last year as we were getting our trailer sanded and painted for the Hilton Head Show…our trailer was shabby chic, that’s a nice way of putting it…(it was actually tri-colored from 20 plus years of just throwing paint on it since we never thought of showing on land)…

    the down the hatch restaurant had great food and the bartenders made killer bloody mary’s…funny how much more i talked about the boats after a few of those!!!

    we had a blast there! the vendors that they had had great items for sale.

  2. Antiques Roadshow
    Antiques Roadshow says:

    Dear Ms. Ranger. Southebys had an interest in auctioning off your trailer. We had estimated its value at $100,000 owing to its “tri-colored from 20 plus years of just throwing paint on it” patina. We were dismayed for you upon learning it has since been repainted. However, all is not to lost. Corey Harrison of “Pawn Stars” fame (no relation to Paul Harrison) tells us he will take it off your hands for a couple benjamins and a few more Ponce Inlet bloody marys. Please let us know if you would like us to act as intermediary.

  3. John Timmins
    John Timmins says:

    The Florida Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club Inc. will have a table set up at the swap meet across the lane from the restaurant. We will have some stuff on display and probably a couple of trailers of vintage age outboard powered hydroplanes. The purpose is to spread the word about our club. We also will probably be drinking a beer or two and telling lies . Stop by ! A few of our guys are also in your club.

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