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.

An indoor pool allowed manufacturers and retailers of water sports equipment to demonstrate their gear.

Sales jump at Providence

The Providence Boat Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center was a day shorter this year, but saw a 10 percent increase in attendance. The Feb. 3-5 show drew more than 140 exhibitors with a fleet ranging from small paddle craft and inflatables to powerboats in the 20- to 30-foot range.

Crowds inspect the floor displays at the New York Boat Show, including a “bigger than ever” Sea Ray presence.

A sweeter Big Apple show

Now that it isn’t butting heads with New Year’s Eve, the Progressive New York Boat Show saw attendance leap 21 percent, attracting 43,238 shoppers this year, compared with 35,757 in 2016.

MIAMI 2017: Scout Boats will expand factory for 53-footer

MIAMI — Scout Boats plans to add a 100,000-square-foot plant to its three-factory campus in South Carolina to build the upcoming 53-foot center console for which the company unveiled plans at the Miami International Boat Show. The company also will add a 20,000-square-foot building for product development and engineering, Scout Boats founder and CEO Steve…more

MIAMI 2017: Sea Ray debuts L550 to VIP audience

MIAMI BEACH — Sea Ray was entertaining its VIP clients on the docks of Yachts Miami Beach Friday night, in part to show off its new L550 — the new addition making its world premiere to the popular L class series — but also to demonstrate the digital switching system that comes with a custom-designed…more

MIAMI 2017: Sunseeker discusses five-year growth plans

MIAMI BEACH — Sunseeker International, the United Kingdom’s oldest boatbuilder, held a dinner for the media after Yachts Miami Beach on Friday night at STK South Beach to discuss growth and to convey that the company is poised to achieve its five-year growth plans ahead of target.

MIAMI 2017: Size and presence of center consoles grow

MIAMI — After a couple days of pounding the docks at the Miami International Boat Show, it’s easy to see that center consoles will continue to get bigger during the next two to three years, with more builders joining the 50-foot club and one company preparing the launch of a 65-footer.

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