Winter boat show report Part III

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With boat show season in full swing, here’s a compilation of reports from recent shows and updates from upcoming shows.

The California debut of PassageMaker magazine’s Trawler Fest, was a success, organizers say, with more than 1,000 people in attendance.

The event took place Feb. 26-28 at the Kona Kai Resort and Marina on Shelter Island in San Diego.

PassageMaker made the decision to add the San Diego event to their Trawler Fest lineup after repeated requests from regional marine companies and cruisers. Similar events take place in Maryland, Florida, New York and Washington.

“The San Diego Trawler Fest was full of people excited about their cruising plans,” noted exhibitor Brian Calvert, general manager of Selene Seattle, in a statement. “Folks are realizing that the world is not coming to an end, and if it is, there is no better place to be than in an oceangoing trawler full of fuel and groceries.”

The next Trawler Fest takes place May 7-9 in Anacortes, Wash. Exhibitor and attendee registration is open. Call (888) 487-2953 for details.

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The 13th annual Downtown Hampton In-Water Boat Show was cancelled, a victim of the economy, the Daily Press (Va.) reports.

The show had been scheduled for April 24-26.

Last year’s show attracted 32 vendors and distributors, while this year only six vendors and one distributor had signed up, Sherry Spring, executive director of the Downtown Hampton Development Partnership, told the newspaper.

Spring, who did not immediately return a call for comment this morning, told the newspaper the event will return next year.

Click here for the full story.

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The Newport Spring Boat Show, celebrating its 35th year, is set for a three-day run May 15-17, at the Newport Yachting Center in Newport, R.I.

Included will be brokerage boats and clearance models of new boats, boating products, equipment and accessories plus the second year of the “Marine Consignment Tent” filled with used items from boaters and boat dealers alike. 

“We will have our Bargain Consignment Tent again. It was really successful last year and we hope to double its size this year,” show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement. “Plus, partial proceeds will go to the Seamen’s Institute. It gives our exhibitors, as well as the general public, the chance to sell marine-related items that would otherwise go unused. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

Nearly 200 boats — from dealers and brokers — are expected to be on hand, with a total of 300 exhibits throughout the show.

For information, contact Newport Exhibition Group at (401) 846-1115 or visit the Web site.

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United States Yacht Shows will again produce the Spring Boat Show at Bay Bridge Marina April 23-26 on Kent Island, Md.

The Bay Bridge boat show is in is 27th year. This year, along with hundreds of new and late model brokerage boats, scores of boat equipment displays and boat service provider exhibits, producers will introduce the new “Active Outdoor Living” section for the latest in cartop boating.

The focus will be on affordable, environmentally sound small boats, including kayaks, canoes, inflatables, daysailers and accessories. Boating introduction seminars held several times each day will provide attendees with answers on how to transition into the sport of boating.


4 comments on “Winter boat show report Part III

  1. Ed Thomas

    You seem to have overlooked two big West Coast Show. The San Diego Boat is an NMMA Annual Show and seemed to be about 50% to 60% of what we saw the previous two years. Los Angeles Boat SHow, an SCMA Annual SHow, was about 30 to 40 % of what should have been expected.

    Some of us have been out there a really long time and remeber the great shows and lived through 20 years of the rest.

    Include them all if you are looking for reality. Include Seattle if you are looking for the best. Sorry to say I missed Seattle this year.

    All the best,


    P.S. See at Newport Beach, Ca about April 15th.

  2. Gordy McKelvey

    I think you are cherry picking your show information. The new buzz word in the PC crowd is TRANSPARENCY. How about publishing the attenendance figures for 2009 VS figures for 2008 for all the NMMA shows this year.

  3. Silversailor

    Publishing “hype” does little to serve your constituentcy. Publish real figures with comparable data for numbers of vendors (separating boat from ancillary vendors), sq footage of displays, dollar amts of sales, daily attendance,etc. Perhaps from tha type of info we can figure out what works and what doesn’t.

  4. BCPD199

    How about the NY show? Or as the NY Post reported “The No-Show Boat Show”! Dismal attendance and even worse sales.

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