Skip to main content

Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the 2012 Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show, the 52nd Annual Portland (Ore.) Boat Show, the 2012 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show, ShowSpan Inc. and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association.

Hundreds of powerboats, luxury cruisers, personal watercraft, campers and travel trailers will cover the 16-acre floor of Reliant Center Jan. 6-15 at the 2012 Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show.

The show will include resort getaways and fishing guides, water-ski and wakeboard accessories, patio furniture, clothing, jewelry and art.

The show also will offer free seminars, including those by professional angler Clark Wendlandt, one of the newest members of Team Evinrude. There also will be a 5,000-gallon bass tub aquarium featuring expert fishing demonstrations.

Children’s activities include Fish-O-Rama, a longstanding tradition and a fun way for kids to catch a fish; Bubble Runners, a giant human hamster ball on the water, and the 7-foot tall Comic Bot robot.

* * *

The 52nd annual Portland Boat Show is slated for Jan. 11-15 at the Portland (Ore.) Expo Center.

The show has plenty to offer boaters with all kinds of interests and on-the-water lifestyles, ranging from fishing to water skiing and jetting around on personal watercraft. Hundreds of boats will be on display, including sailboats, wakeboard boats, houseboats, pleasure craft, sportboats and fishing boats.

The top local and national manufacturers, associations and dealers will attend, along with boating retailers, accessory suppliers and experts.

* * *

The 2012 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show takes place Jan. 12-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the show is offering attractions that include the new Indoor Wake Park, daily boating, fishing and sailing courses for beginners and experienced captains and free fishing for children.

Serious shoppers can compare hundreds of boat options side by side, take advantage of extra incentives and exclusive show discounts from the region’s top dealers and shop specials on the newest innovations in marine accessories and electronics.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate 50 years of bringing the best in boating to Atlanta with the 2012 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show. This year will be our best year yet with some of the biggest features ever and plenty of surprises in store for all attendees,” show manager Larry Berryman said in a statement. “From the hundreds of new products to discover to the wide array of interactive education and entertainment, year after year we showcase new ways that boating brings happiness to all ages.”

* * *

ShowSpan Inc., a producer of consumer shows in Michigan, announced 2012 dates for its Ultimate Sport Show tour.

Each year the tour attracts about 100,000 anglers, hunters, campers, boaters, conservationists and lovers of nature and the outdoors. Patrons come from throughout Michigan, as well as Ohio, Indiana, Ontario and beyond, organizers said.

The Ultimate Fishing Show takes place Jan. 12-15 in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace. More than 150 booths of new rods, reels, lures and other tackle, plus outfitters, lodges, guides and charter fishing destinations are in the show, along with 200 new fishing boats representing 40 brands.

The 39th annual Outdoorama is set for Feb. 23-26 at Suburban Collection Showplace. More than 150 booths of new products and fishing boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks and other specialty boats are in the show. Dozens of free hunting and fishing seminars by national experts are scheduled, along with special appearances by Michigan Outdoors TV hosts.

The 67th annual Ultimate Sport Show is set for March 15-18 in Grand Rapids. The more than 350 exhibitors include 100-plus fishing tackle vendors, hunting gear, new fishing boats and 100 or more outfitters, lodges, guides, charter fishing and adventure-travel destinations throughout North America and abroad. The event also includes more than 100 fishing and hunting seminars.

* * *

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association, in partnership with the Maine Marine Trades Association and The Landing School, said the marine service management course will run March 1-3 at The Landing School in Kennebunkport, Maine.

“We received great feedback from marine service management attendees after the 2010 course and couldn’t wait to offer it again. The partnership between The Landing School, MMTA and ABBRA will help us all toward our goal of professionalizing the marine service industry,” MMTA executive director Susan Swanton said in a statement.

Now in its ninth year, ABBRA’s MSM class caters to professionals in boatyards and marine service and repair centers. ABBRA instructors present marine service management participants with pointers in such non-technical topics as human-resource development, financial controls, customer relations, codes and standards, and marketing and sales. The marine service management course is also a prerequisite to obtain ABBRA’s certified marine service manager designation.

An early registration price of $990 is available until Jan. 15. Afterward the cost will increase to $1,090.

Click here for information.


Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Opens Today

The show runs through Oct. 31, and organizers are hoping for a return to pre-Covid success.

Non-profit Takes Aim at Access

Families for Boating works with community advocacy groups to help curb regulatory threats to on-water activities.

Garmin Reports 25 Percent Q3 Growth for Marine

The electronics manufacturer says demand for plotters was the primary driver.

Polaris Reports Flat Q3

Though boat sales were up 18 percent, demand in the company’s other segments was hindered by a lack of product availability, driven by supply-chain issues.

Raymarine Unveils New Radar

The company said it is “disrupting the radar category” with Cyclone, which it will unveil at FLIBS this week.

Don’t Let Up on the Throttle

With a successful fall show season wrapping up soon, the winter schedule may be even more important to your bottom line.