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.

An indoor pool allowed manufacturers and retailers of water sports equipment to demonstrate their gear.

Sales jump at Providence

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.

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Breaking a tired boat show mold

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.

The Jan. 23-25 show had 165 exhibitors and more seminars and sponsors this year.

Show toughs out a snow sandwich

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.

The first Providence Boat Show under the leadership of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association attracted 9,600 people.

New-look show is a winner

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.

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