Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from Dockside Electronics, the Southeast U.S. Boat Show, the Marine Leadership Alliance and the Martin County (Fla.) Nautical Flea Market & Seafood Festival.

Dockside Electronics is hosting an open house April 14 to showcase its newly expanded Mystic, Conn., operations, which include a larger showroom, a heated bay for trailerable boat installations and repairs, and expanded service space.

The Dockside team will be available to welcome guests and showcase the features of the new location. Raymarine, Furuno, Simrad, Lowrance and B&G will be on site to display their latest new products, as well as other Dockside vendors and products.

“We are thrilled to open our expanded operations to show our neighbors and the marine community some of the upgrades we’ve completed. With the marine industry showing positive signs of growth and with boaters investing in their vessels to stay up with the latest technology, our expansion is well-timed,” owner Brian Brousseau said in a statement.

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The Southeast U.S. Boat Show is set for April 20-22 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The show, now in its 16th year, expanded and brings vendors and attendees from a much larger area than in past years, according to organizers. Recreational boating is the focus of this event, which also includes live music on the floating stage island, food and the Tiki Bar, on the water.

There is a Miss Boat Show contest, a wake slider demo, sailing demos and seminars from fishing pros. This year’s event also features the “Sailing Showcase East,” a sailing exhibition presented by sailors for sailors.

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The Marine Leadership Alliance is hosting its annual leadership conference April 29-May 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Amelia Island, Fla.

This event brings executives from the top 25 boatbuilders together with executives from the top 15 key industry suppliers to discuss trade and share business strategies. The exclusive conference is a forum for idea sharing, in-depth discussions and problem-solving of mutual industry issues in an informal setting, organizers said.

“The leadership conference’s lineup of speakers and depth of discussion topics are unparalleled in the industry,” Marine Leadership Alliance president and Syntec Industries CEO Bill Watters said in a statement.

Those who attend will participate in both small group and panel discussions spanning a variety of topics facing marine businesses, including ”Liability Insurance and the Marine Industry” and “Ethanol and the Marine Industry.” Scott Rasmussen, political analyst, author, speaker and independent public opinion pollster, will headline the conference by sharing insights into consumer confidence issues and what motivates American boat enthusiasts.

The conference’s agenda also includes a tour of White Oak Conservation Center, a wildlife breeding, research and rehabilitation facility.

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The third annual Martin County Nautical Flea Market & Seafood Festival is set for April 27-29 at the Martin County Fairgrounds in Stuart, Fla.

The event features new, used, closeout and liquidation boats; fishing equipment; antique collectibles and maps; marine artifacts and jewelry; and more.


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