Hartford Boat Show 17 Powered by Evinrude

February 9 – 12, 2017, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association presents this popular show, where you’ll find hundreds of new powerboats, sailboats, kayaks, inflatables, engines, electronics and fishing equipment.

In addition to a full schedule of boating and fishing seminars, you’ll have an opportunity to meet Shelby Ebert, the Fastest Woman on the Water. This 21-year-old is the only professional female driver to run the entire Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, and the youngest ever. The amazing SeaBreacher Killer Whale boat, which jumps out of the water and dives under by nearly ten feet, will be on display. Talk with the owner about how it was built and what it’s like to go for a ride!

Show hours are Thursday from 3 to 8 pm, Friday from noon to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hartfordboatshow.com.

60th Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show

February 11 – 19, 2017, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA

You’ll find a large selection of the newest boats, gear and gadgets on display at the oldest boat show in New England, which is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and exhibitors will be offering the season’s best deals.

At the Progressive® Insurance Boat School, instructors from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will lead an array of interactive courses including general boating safety seminars, proper docking procedures, a boating simulator experience, and tips and tricks to help ensure your safety on the water.

Show hours are Saturday, February 11 from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday, February 12 from 11 am to 6 pm, Monday, February 13 from 1 to 9 pm, Tuesday, February 14 through Friday, February 17 from 1 to 9 pm, Saturday, February 18 from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday, February 19 from 11 am to 5:30 pm.

For more details and to purchase tickets, check www.NewEnglandBoatShow.com.

The Maine Boatbuilders Show

March 24 – 26, 2017, Portland Sports Complex, 512 Warren Avenue, Portland, ME

There’s a new location for this unique show, which is celebrating its 30th year. Proudly produced by Portland Yacht Services, The Maine Boatbuilders Show is emphatically “not a Tupperware party by any means!”

This gathering of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast also features numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. A variety of sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats will be on display, with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. For a list of exhibitors, directions, free shuttle bus information, seminar schedule, and a virtual tour of the show with Soundings Editor Bill Sisson, log onto www.portlandcompany.com/boatshow.

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