The weather was not inclined to cooperate, but most everything else about the fifth annual edition of a small weekend boat show on the banks of the lower Connecticut River suited its exhibitors just fine.
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.
Rhode Island marine companies are hosting a free boating event designed to jump-start the arrival of summer — the Rhode Island Boat Show — which will take place May 3-4 in four coastal venues and feature boats, experts and activities.
The city of New London, Conn., will host an in-water boat show in June.
The Bay Bridge Boat Show said preliminary reports indicate that the three-day show, which ended Sunday, attracted 24.9 percent more paid customers this year than it did in 2013.
The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association said the Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show will return May 2-4.
The Strictly Boaters Boat Show will take place May 2-4 in Cape May, N.J., for the sixth year.
The Bay Bridge Boat Show, produced by Annapolis Boat Shows, opens today and will continue through Sunday in Stevensville, Md., with more than 250 powerboats on display.
The fourth edition of the Singapore Yacht Show, which opens at Sentosa Cove today and runs through Sunday, is set to be bigger than in previous years.
The first Charleston (S.C.) In-Water Boat Show will take place April 25-27 at Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park in Charleston.
The Rhode Island Boat Show, the state’s largest in-water spring boat show, will be held May 3-4 in Bristol, Jamestown, Warwick and Wakefield.