NMMA adds third boat show in Chicago

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association is launching a new show called the Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show, which will take place June 7-12 at the new 31st Street Harbor.

“As the first major event held at 31st Street Harbor [which opens in May], we’re thrilled to provide Chicagoans and visitors an opportunity to discover boating along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront,” NMMA executive vice president Ben Wold said in a statement.

“With 1,000 slips and top-notch amenities, the city’s latest premier marine facility is an ideal in-water boat show venue with ample room to grow into a favorite annual tradition for boaters and a summer sales haven for the region’s dealers and manufacturers,” he added.

The 2012 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show will feature dozens of dealers and builders showcasing about 150 powerboats and sailboats for sale, more than 100 accessory, technology and travel booths, and in-water and on-land attractions, including complimentary boating courses at a Discover Boating Demo Dock.

The NMMA also produces the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports and RV Show and Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago.

With the addition of the new show, the NMMA owns and produces a total of 18 consumer boat and sport shows in the United States.

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6 comments on “NMMA adds third boat show in Chicago

  1. Larry Soltis

    Since when is NAMMA in bed with Progressive Insurance Co.?
    I see this as a conflict of interest. It’s like Boat U.S.
    who tried to be a retail store and failed, but continued
    to be an Insurance Agency, using the name Boat U.S. to make
    boaters believe they are out for their interests. Why doesn’t BOAT US tell the folks they are an Insurance AGENCY. This makes me sick! Needless to say, I was in
    the insurance business & know you need sponsors to put on
    a show, but why not Sea Ray; Mercury Marine; Hatteras; Nissan; Simrad; Raytheon; Navistar; Garmin; Etc. I guess
    you prefer FLO & Progressive’s money. Do not wish you the
    best ….. Larry

  2. Doug Nelson

    It is very gratifying to see Progressive Insurance pop up so often now in support of the marine industry. Let’s give them a hand!

  3. BOB J

    PROGESSIVE IS AFTER THE CUSTOMER UNTIL THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR REPAIRS THEY WILL NOT HONOR THE PARTS TO PROTECT FACTORY WARRANTY, THEY WILL FIGHT YOU IF YOU TRY TO PROTECT THE MANUFACTURERS CONDITION FOR REPAIRS WOULD NOT WHAT THEM TO INSURE MY BOAT

  4. Scott H.

    I think that is great that they are adding shows but how about considering places that do not have NMMA shows? I live in NC and we do not have a single show in the carolinas, NC or SC. How is that possible? Think of all the custom boats and production boats made here. Cities like Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington (which has a new convention center), Morehead and Cape Hatteras are huge boating destinations.

  5. Peter Cook

    Great idea and location for a new show… but why 6 days? The show only needs to be 4 days. Look at the New York Show; it was 9 days and went to 5 days which everyone likes. The NMMA needs to recognize what it takes for smaller companies to man a booth for longer shows. For people selling boats, there are local, large sales TEAMS to man the booth. For smaller companies, that means grueling hours for a few personnel. In result, I doubt we will attend this show.

  6. redbw

    Any company in a marine related business (other than insurance) is barely staying afloat so boat show producers have to go get anybody they can to prop up the cost of putting on a show. Doesn’t matter what they sell, they try to tie it into boating somehow to get the money.

    I have seen Lexus sponsor a boat show. I am surprised that I haven’t seen Toyota sponsor a show yet. Or maybe they have an I missed it. I am sure we will soon be seeing Viagara and the drug companies on the bandwagon soon—-all sponsoring boat shows.

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