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.
Providence Boat Show
The Providence Boat Show, held annually in January, brings powerboats and sailboats, electronic navigational systems and fishing gear to the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The Providence Boat Show, which was held Feb. 4-7, is like many smaller, regional shows that rely on the loyalty of local buyers and the hard work of local builders, dealers and vendors.
Overall attendance at the Providence Boat Show was down 7 percent, but organizers attribute the drop to the New England winter rather than a lack of enthusiasm among buyers and sellers.
Rhode Island Marine Trades Association president Wendy Mackie wanted to step up content at this year’s Providence Boat Show, which the group had owned for about three months before its Jan. 31 opening, so she added interactive seminars and demonstrations.