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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Providence Boat Show, the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show and the Hot Springs Boat, Tackle and RV Show.

The 18th annual Providence Boat Show returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence Jan. 13-16.


The show will feature more than 225 exhibitors showcasing 300 boats ranging in size from 8 to 40 feet and 130 booths with electronics, engines, accessories and services.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will have a pavilion covering all aspects of the marine industry, including careers, and demonstrations about do-it-yourself topics.

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The Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, the largest sports show in the Midwest, features hundreds of boats, RVs and specialty booths filled with marine accessories and travel destinations.

The show will be held Jan. 12-16 at McCormick Place, North Building, on South Lake Shore Drive.

"The Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show provides visitors with a one-stop shop for boats, RVs and accessories to suit any lifestyle and budget," said show manager Keith Ogulnick. "All the region's top dealers will be on hand offering some of their best deals of the year. Plus, we have an extensive lineup of seminars and fun activities for the whole family."

The Affordability Pavilion, which showcases boats for all budgets and lifestyles with pricing options that can be financed for about $250 a month, will be among the show highlights.

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Arkansas show producer Denton & Griffey Attractions is producing the 25th annual Hot Springs Boat, Tackle and RV Show Feb. 25-27 at the Hot Springs (Ark.) Convention Center and Summit Arena.

The show will feature nearly 200 boats and recreational vehicles amid more than 100,000 square feet of exhibits featuring resorts, campgrounds, and boat and RV accessories.

Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free.


And the Wait for New Boats Goes On

Ninety-five percent of marine dealers say they waited at least a month to get new-boat orders filled in August, and 35 percent say they experienced lead times of more than three months.

Consumer confidence at record highs

The economic indicator that Navico CEO Leif Ottosson watches first and foremost is consumer confidence, and The Conference Board’s measure of the American consumer’s mood delivered good news to Navico and the rest of the recreational marine industry at the end of August.