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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.

Bay Bridge Boat Show reports solid results

The Bay Bridge Boat Show on Maryland’s Kent Island wrapped up Sunday with some positive results reported from exhibitors. Attendance was off about 16 percent, but there have been reports of success from dealers, brokers and other exhibitors, according to producer U.S. Yacht Shows Inc., which did not provide specific attendance numbers. The 27th annual…more

Tampa show set for September

The Tampa Boat Show will be held Sept. 11-13 at the Tampa Convention Center. The 44th annual show will feature hundreds of boats and accessories, on land and in the water. Highlights of the include the Party Barge, Affordability Pavilion, Green Boating Zone, free boat rides and more. “Whether you come to view the latest…more

Organizers upbeat about Atlantic Coast Boat Show

Free admission and steep discounts on boats helped boost attendance and sales at the recent Atlantic Coast Boat Show in Daytona Beach, Fla. Although exact numbers were not available because the free admission meant there were no ticket sales to count, show organizer David Ray said he sensed that attendance was up. And so did…more

Boat show report

Here’s a compilation of reports from the recent Orange County Boat Show and Maine Boatbuilders Show. Organizers of the 17th annual Orange County (Calif.) Boat Show say they were pleased with attendance, which increased two of the three days the show was held. The show ran April 3-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center. “We didn’t…more

Fort Lauderdale mayor: Commit to boating industry

Fort Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle, in his final state-of-the-city address Wednesday evening, told commissioners that city government should remain friendly to the marine industry because boating is a big part of South Florida living and is the region’s largest  industry, with a $13 billion impact. Naugle, a six-term mayor who retires from office March 17…more

Winter boat show report Part II

A compilation of reports from recent boat shows presents a mix of results. Organizers of the Detroit Boat Show say attendance was down nearly 23 percent from last year, with 65,564 people attending the recent event. The 51st annual Detroit Boat Show ran Feb. 14-22 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. “While some exhibitors were…more

Organizers release Miami show numbers

Despite a drop in attendance at this year’s Miami International Boat Show, organizers say it was a success in terms of the quality of buyers and the overall mood of exhibitors and customers. “I’m getting some really positive feedback. The quality of the customers seemed to be really good,” Cathy Rick-Joule, show manager and vice…more

Attendance up at Providence Boat Show

Producers of the Providence (R.I.) Boat Show reported a 10 percent rise in attendance and sales about equal to last year’s show. Held Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, the show featured more than 200 exhibitors displaying powerboats, sailboats, personal watercraft and inflatables, as well as gear, technology, engines and electronics. “Saturday…more

Nautique wakeboarders will appear at boat shows

Nautique’s team of professional wakeboarders will be making public appearances at a number of boat shows around the country this month. The lineup of shows includes: Jacksonville, Fla.; Salt Lake City; Knoxville, Tenn.; Detroit; and Miami, as well as Cairo, Egypt. The Nautique line of boats is manufactured by Correct Craft Inc. in Orlando, Fla. Click…more

Attendance up at this year’s IMBC

This year’s International Marina and Boatyard Conference broke all attendance levels, with more than 600 participants perusing the exhibit hall and sitting in on educational seminars. IMBC had a total attendance of 577 last year and 550 in 2007. Held Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, the IMBC is produced by the Association of Marina Industries…more

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