New England Boat Show

The Progressive New England Boat Show, held annually in February at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, fills 300,000 square feet with new boats from the region’s top dealers and a wide selection of marine accessories and special features.

NEW ENGLAND BOAT SHOW: Exhibitors pleased with results

BOSTON – Attendance at the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show was up about 8.5 percent, which was good news, considering the first Sunday of the show was off 40 percent due to snow. “Weekday traffic has been up 18 to 20 percent each day,” National Marine Manufacturers Association New England Boat Show organizer Joe…more

NEW ENGLAND BOAT SHOW: Parker Boats founder sees pent-up demand

BOSTON – The marine industry is seeing such gradual growth that people are not likely to notice it happening. “I think three and a half years down the road, things will be so good people will look back and say, ‘When did this happen?’ ” Linwood Parker, founder of North Carolina-based Parker Boats, told Soundings…more

New England show reports sold-out exhibitor space

Exhibitor space at the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show is sold out for the first time in five years. Show manager Joe O’Neal told the Boston Business Journal that 401 exhibitors lined up for space at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, an 8 percent increase from the 372 who participated last year. The…more


A rebound in ‘retention’

Exhibitors at New England show say fewer deals are being lost to buyer misgivings, loan denials Attendance was relatively flat at February’s Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show in Boston, but some exhibitors say the number of deals that were closed at various price points signals the return of the long-sidelined qualified buyer. “My sense…more

NMMA reports recent boat show attendance numbers

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is reporting decent results from its most recent boat shows. The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show, which wrapped up Sunday, saw a 2 percent increase in attendance. There were 44,051 visitors this year, versus 43,086 in 2011. The Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow, which ended Feb. 12,…more

Organizers cancel Boston Fall Boat Show

The Boston Fall Boat Show will not take place this year, organizers announced. “Due to the current economic climate, the local marine marketplace cannot support a show at this time. We simply could not get enough additional exhibitor support to make the numbers work for 2011,” show manager Warren Kelly said in a statement. “If…more


An energized Boston show

Enthusiasm and sales replace the funereal mood of the recent past at this year’s New England Boat Show Crowds at the New England Boat Show in Boston seemed genuinely upbeat and positive, and there were more than a few buyers among the throngs. “It’s definitely better this year, and people are definitely more positive,” says…more

New England Boat Show reports attendance boost

Attendance at the 55th annual New England Boat Show, which ran from Feb. 26 through Sunday at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, was up 5 percent from last year, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. The nine-day event attracted 43,068 people, an increase from 41,028 in 2010. “Similar to what we’ve been seeing across…more

Boston show to return after hiatus

After a one-year hiatus, the Boston Fall Boat Show will return to the Seaport World Trade Center this year with a three-day show running Oct. 1-3, organizers announced. The show is owned and operated by Boat Shows Inc., a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association. For the first time, this year’s show will feature…more

Boston In-Water Boat Show cancelled

The 11th annual Boston In-Water Boat Show, scheduled for Oct. 1-4 at the Seaport World Trade Center on Boston Harbor, was cancelled for this year, organizers announced. “It’s the state of the market. Dealers are conserving cash,” show manager Warren Kelly, of Vernon Productions, told Soundings Trade Only. “We had a good chunk of it…more

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