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National and regional boat shows of all sizes are held throughout the country and at all times of the year. Many combine displays of boats with displays of accessories, seminars and family entertainment.

Shortened Buffalo show draws crowds

The Marine Trades Association of Western New York held its winter boat show Feb. 18-21 in Orchard Park, N.Y., and organizers say it was their best in 10 years. This year’s show was shortened from five days to four days, and just under 10,000 people attended. “Boating was the only ‘theme’ we needed, as it…more

L.A. show reports higher per-day attendance

While total attendance was down slightly at the recent Los Angeles Boat Show, daily attendance, compared on a direct day-to-day basis, was up every day of the show, which was shortened this year, according to the Southern California Marine Association, which produces the event. This year’s show was held Feb. 18-21, rather than its traditional…more

Detroit show reports uptick in sales

The Michigan Boating Industries Association, producers of the 52nd annual Detroit Boat Show, reported an increase in boat sales during the opening weekend of the nine-day event. “We are very pleased with the first two-days of the show. Serious buyers are coming to the Detroit Boat Show, as they realize this is a perfect time…more

Dallas show sees attendance boost

Organizers of the Dallas International Boat show report an increase in attendance for the opening weekend, Feb. 5-7, at Dallas Market Hall. The attendance increase over 2009 started at 20 percent Friday, growing to 30 percent Saturday and 40 percent over Super Bowl Sunday last year, organizers said. Marketing director Franklin Pillsbury IV said a…more

Winter boat show roundup

More than 60,000 Michigan residents are expected to visit the 52nd annual Detroit Boat Show, which runs Feb. 13-21 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. “The Detroit Boat Show is a great event to attend whether you are in the market to buy a boat or if you are just looking for an opportunity to…more

Winter boat show roundup

A new virtual boat show is being launched in February. BoatShowsatHome.com was founded and developed by Warren Kelly of Vernon Promotions and Gene Allen of Allen Roche Marine. Boat Shows at Home will bring together boat buyers and boat dealers through a year-round virtual boat show with the look and feel of an actual boat…more

Winter boat show roundup

The Charleston Boat Show, which runs Jan. 22-24, is partnering with the Lowcountry Food Bank to collect canned goods for families in need of support. “The Charleston Boat Show typically attracts between 8,000 and 10,000 people annually. If each person brings five canned goods, we’ll be able to make a difference to thousands of Lowcountry…more

Two Virginia shows are combined

The Virginia Boat Show’s producer canceled the event, originally scheduled for Jan. 22-24, and will instead combine the downtown show with its Richmond Boat Show on Feb. 19-21. “Due to the market conditions in the boating industry, we made the decision to do one solid event rather than two mediocre events,” Jeff Haughton, Affinity Events’…more

Winter boat show roundup

The Mid-America Boat & Fishing Show opens Friday at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The show, produced by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, runs through Jan. 24. On Jan. 19, all visitors who bring four cans of food for the Cleveland Foodbank will be given free admission. On Jan. 21, the show celebrates Put-in-Bay…more

Census says boating remains popular in U.S.

With boat shows opening this week in Nashville, Tenn.; Providence, R.I.; Kansas City, Mo. and Toronto, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that boating remains a popular pastime in the U.S. Americans own nearly 17 million boats and spend more than $37 billion a year on new and used boats, the bureau says. The Nashville Boat…more

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