Boat Shows

Shows are perhaps the premier staging site for selling and buying boats. Builders from across the country and around the world deliver their best and newest boats, electronic equipment, engines and supplies to a prime location so boaters can see, inspect and perhaps make a deal to buy them. Whether the location is a glamorous site such as Miami Beach or a small, local venue, shows are where builders and consumers connect.

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Providence show adds new sponsors

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, owner of the Providence Boat Show, said it has drawn a strong lineup of sponsors for the Jan. 23-25 event at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Toronto show returns in January

The 57th annual Toronto International Boat Show, which takes place Jan. 10-18, will include an appearance during the opening weekend by Dawn Wells, better known as “Mary Ann” from the 1960s TV show “Gilligan’s Island.”

Oregon show returns in January

The 55th annual Portland (Ore.) Boat Show is set for Jan. 7-11 with 250,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring ski boats, fishing boats, sailboats, personal watercraft and accessories.

St. Petersburg show reports attendance boost

Organizers said the 2014 St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show was encouraging and positive as attendance increased 8 percent from the 2013 show and there was a 5 percent increase in the number of in-water new and brokerage boats.

New York trade group honored at dealer conference

The Boating Industries Association of Upstate New York was recently honored with the 2014 Bill Ferguson Award, which recognizes outstanding service by a marine trades association to its members and the boating business as a whole.

Gloria Estefan faults non-profit group’s plan for Miami show site

Pop icon Gloria Estefan blasted the non-profit group behind a project to restore the Miami Marine Stadium — just weeks after she had lent her name to the group’s plan to bring the Miami International Boat Show there in 2016 — saying she was kept in the dark about crucial and controversial details.

St. Petersburg show opens today

The St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest in-water boat show on Florida’s Gulf Coast, opens today at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park along the city’s waterfront.

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