Now that the summer fun boating months are behind us, boat show season has arrived. From Fort Lauderdale to Seattle, here are the top five must see shows to visit this year. Take a break and check out what’s new in the boat market in 2012.
Featuring more than $3 billion worth of boats and marine products, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show in the world. In October, boating enthusiasts can stroll outside docks or the inside venue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to view amazing boats ranging from 20 ft up to nearly 300 ft in length. Known for its astounding number of luxurious mega yachts and other eye-popping recreational boats, this show also offers something for everyone who loves the water. You can view elaborate fireworks displays, an aerial flyover, and live musical entertainment on floating cocktail barges. This top boat show even includes complimentary marine seminars for free diving, lobster and sport fishing, and even first aid at sea. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show also provides guests with plenty of shopping for nautical clothing, jewelry, art, and marine accessories.
Every September, the Newport International Boat Show presents new powerboats and sailboats along with thousands of services and products from domestic and international exhibitors. Known for its relentless innovation, continued creativity, and distinguishing marine design, many boaters feel this show located in Newport, Rhode Island serves as the heartbeat to the boating industry. You can find a plethora of high-technology marine products here from small pieces of practical hardware up to classic boats and luxurious yachts. Visitors can attend a variety of hands-on clinics and seminars that take place completely on the water. Taught by United States Coast Guard Captains, these courses range from beginner to advanced levels and discuss both powerboat and sailing topics.
The Annapolis Boat Show actually consists of two venues. Both of the U.S. Sailboat and the Powerboat Shows run during October and are the oldest of their kind and the largest in-water boat shows held in the country. Guests can board boats docked on the shore of historic downtown Annapolis, Maryland. Recognized worldwide as the premier sailing showcase, visitors can buy, sell, or just dream about the many sailboats available. You can also view luxurious motor yachts, high-performance boats, offshore fishing machines, and the world’s largest power catamaran section. Visitors will also find an extensive selection of marine equipment, accessories, high-tech electronics, and related services such as rentals, boating lessons, boat insurance companies, and lending institutions at these premier shows.
You can find some more top boat shows in Seattle and Miami. The Seattle Boat Show is the largest boat show on the U.S. west coast. Held in January, this marine extravaganza features more than a 1,000 recreational watercraft along with seminars and the latest boating products and accessories.
The Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail held in February displays over 300 sport and fishing boats, cruisers, and yachts. You can also view the world’s largest display of multi-hull sailboats and take part in exciting sailing seminars. Visitors can receive practical, professional advice and hands-on training and information in addition to boat and engine maintenance, repairs, and upgrades.
If you find the boat of your dreams make sure you contact your boat insurance company to obtain proper boat insurance coverage prior to making an investment at any of these impressive shows. Setting up your boat insurance policy is easier than you think with online estimates and quote tools as well as experienced insurance representatives available during business hours. Call us at 800-748-0224 if you have any questions.