Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow, the Progressive Los Angeles Boat Show and the South West International Boat Show.

The Progressive St. Louis Boat and Sportshow opens today and runs through Feb. 10 at America’s Center and Edward Jones Dome.

The family-friendly show will feature fishing seminars by Brent Chapman, 2012 Elite Series Bassmaster Angler of the Year, on Friday and Saturday.

It will feature scuba demos in heated pools for visitors age 10 and older, as well as dock dog competitions, which entail canines running down a 40-foot dock and jumping into a 40-foot-long pool of water for the Big Air long jump, the Extreme Vertical high jump and the Speed Retrieve, the fastest dog.

The Paddling Gourmet will teach campers how to enjoy first-class meals during cooking seminars.

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The Progressive Los Angeles Boat Show starts Thursday in two locations, the Los Angeles Convention Center and Marine Del Ray with Yachts and Brokerage Boats, and runs through Feb. 10.

The show features Friday Night Boater Block Party as a thank you for guests at the show, with snacks, hourly giveaways and special demos.

Discover Boating will hold on-water clinics and seminars for everyone from beginners to seasoned captains.

Phil and Bob Soven, stars of the MTV reality TV show “WakeBrothers,” will be on hand for photos and autographs Friday and Saturday.

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The fifth annual South West International Boat Show, presented by Geico, returns March 21-24 to the South Shore Harbour Marina in Houston.

Organizers say the show is the Southwest’s premier power and sail show, the largest in-water boat show in Texas and the only boat show in the state that is endorsed by Sail America.

Featuring more than 400 boats, in and out of the water, the show includes such sailboat manufacturers as Jeanneau, Hunter, Beneteau, Lagoon, Catalina and Dufour and the largest selection of new and pre-owned sailboats in Texas alongside powerboats ranging in size from 15 to more than 80 feet, including sportfishing boats, motoryachts, center consoles, cruisers, ski boats and bayboats.

There also will be a variety of vendors with the latest accessories and technologies, boating and sailing gear, engines, marine electronics, products and services, gifts and apparel.

The show will feature the Sail America Village, with sailing-related exhibitors, sailing activities and a cruiser party, along with a comprehensive schedule of free hourly seminars, across all four days of the show, hosted by industry experts.


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.