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Winter Boat Shows in New England

The Maine Boatbuilders Show is a unique opportunity to see one-ofa-kind boats like Zogo, a 29-foot diesel/electric launch designed by Stephens, Waring & White Yacht Design of Brooklin, ME and built by French & Webb Custom Boat Builders of Belfast, ME. © stephenswaring.com

Providence Boat Show
January 18 - 20
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

New England’s winter boat show season kicks off in Providence. With more than 300 boats on display, you can check out what’s new in powerboats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes and inflatables, along with the latest in engines, electronics and accessories.

 

The Maine Boatbuilders Show is a unique opportunity to see one-ofa-kind boats like Zogo, a 29-foot diesel/electric launch designed by Stephens, Waring & White Yacht Design of Brooklin, ME and built by French & Webb Custom Boat Builders of Belfast, ME. © stephenswaring.com

New features include training seminars, hands-on demonstrations, a live trout fishing pond and a marine bargain basement on the lower level of the Convention Center. Admission is $10, with ages 16 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Hours are 4 - 9 pm Thursday, 12 - 9 pm Friday, 10 am - 9 pm Saturday, and 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, call 401-846-1115 or visit providenceboatshow.com.

 

44th Annual CMTA Hartford Boat Show presented by Evinrude BRP
January 24 - 27
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT

Presented by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association in partnership with Evinrude BRP, the Hartford Boat Show features hundreds of new powerboats, sailboats, kayaks, inflatables, engines, electronics, fishing equipment and more, along with several boating and fishing seminars.

Hours are 12 - 9 pm Friday, 10 am - 9 pm Saturday, and 10 am - 5 pm Sunday. Admission is $12. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. For information, call 860-767- 2645 or visit HartfordBoatShow.com.

 

7th Annual Boatbuilders’ Show on Cape Cod
February 8 - 10
Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, MA

Presented by the Cape Cod Marine Trades Association, “the best little boat show in the Northeast” showcases custom and limited production sailboats and powerboats in both wood and fiberglass. You will not find boats like this at the major metropolitan shows, and you can discuss all details of a boat order with the person who builds it.

Admission is $5. Children under 12 are admitted free, and there’s plenty of free parking. Hours are 2 - 7 pm Friday, 10 am - 6 pm Saturday, and 10 am - 4 pm Sunday. Visit boatcapecod.org for more information.

 

57th Annual Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show
February 16 - 24
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

More than 750 boats – and the season’s best deals – await winter-weary boaters at the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show. SailFest is back and bigger than ever, with sailboats from 8 to 42 feet from over 20 manufacturers, along with more than 100 booths including sailmakers, canvas, sailboat hardware, cordage, electronics, rigging equipment and services, fractional sailing companies, sailing schools, foul weather gear and clothing. There are also more than 180 seminars throughout the show.

Hours are 10 am - 8 pm on both Saturdays, 11 am - 6 pm Sunday, February 17, 1 - 9 pm Monday through Friday, and 11 am - 5:30 pm Sunday, February 24. Admission is $15 for adults, and free for ages 15 and under when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 617-472-1442 or visit NewEnglandBoatShow.com.

 

26th Annual Maine Boatbuilders Show
March 15 - 17
Portland Company Marine Complex, Portland, ME

With over 70 custom and semi-custom boats on display, the Maine Boatbuilders Show, also known as the “Gathering of the Clan,” is a unique event for boatbuilders and the boating community from Maine, Canada and New England.

Attendees can inspect a wide selection of Maine-built fiberglass and wooden sailboats, powerboats, rowing boats, kayaks and canoes, and speak with the craftsmen who actually built them. Many of the 200 companies that exhibit their products at the Maine Boatbuilders Show only do so at one or two other shows a year. 

Show hours are 10 am - 6 pm Friday and Saturday, and 10 am - 4 pm Sunday. Admission is $15, and children under 12 accompanied by adults will be admitted free. For more information including a list of exhibitors, shuttle bus pickup locations, seminar schedule and lodging in and around Portland, visit portlandcompany.com/boatshow.


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