Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association Yacht Sales Summit.

After Sail America’s Sailing Industry Conference and the America's Cup World Series this month, the 42nd Annual Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show will serve as Newport's big finale of the boating season in September.

As of the end of May, more exhibitors had signed up for the Sept. 13-16 show than in the last few years, according to organizers, and exhibitors were adding more boats to their displays.

The program, sponsored by Cruising World, Sailing World and Yachting magazines, will include a People's Choice Award, with voting on opening day. National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich will provide a report on the state of the industry that day.

The show’s charitable partner this year will be the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the show to talk with nearly 750 exhibitors and see 600 boats ranging from 15 to 85 feet, plus kayaks, inflatables, services, equipment, electronics and accessories.

Information about show hours, advance discount tickets and parking options is available at or by calling (401) 846-1115 or (800) 582-7846.

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Registration is under way for the Florida Yacht Brokers Association Yacht Sales Summit on June 27.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center & Resort in Fort Lauderdale.

Sponsored by Howard S. Reeder Inc., and Fowler White Burnett P.A., the event will feature presentations on an array of topics, including Industry Trends, Statistics, Future, Directions; Websites & Search Engine Optimization; How to Sell Like a Pro; and an FYBA Yacht Sales Forms Update.

Panel discussions will be held on Security, Customs & Compliance; Brokers, Boatyards & Service Dynamics; and Yacht Shipping & Transport Considerations.

The day begins with registration and breakfast and closes with a cocktail reception. A broker open house will follow the event at the Bahia Mar, where attendees can see as many as 20 yachts on display.

Registration is $60 for members and $150 for non-members. Attending Certified Professional Yacht Brokers will earn eight credits toward recertification.

For information, please contact Shay Fortman at (954) 522-9270 or .


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