Boat Show

If you are considering buying a boat, or new to boating, visiting a boat show will greatly inspire you to sail further into the exciting world of boats and yachts.Whether you are new or old to boating, boating shows are a highly recommended event for all sun seekers and boat lovers!

Boat show offers a great opportunity for manufacturers and dealers to showcase the latest designs of boat and boating products.

It offers you the buyer, the avenue to view a wide range of what is available from multiple dealers and manufacturers, as well as compare prices.

It may offer you the rare opportunity of grabbing fantastic special offers and discounts on brand new boats as well as bringing you in direct contact with the best boat dealers in your region or from other countries.

Visiting Boat Shows

National and international boat exhibitions occur every year around the world.

The most notable, are the Miami International Boat Show, Toronto International Boat show, Fort Lauderdale international boat show – the world’s largest boat show, Cape Town international boat show, Sydney International Boat Show London boat show, Southampton boat show, St Petersburg boat show, Paris boat show, to mention but a few.

These annual events are a good opportunity to keep up with what the boating industry has to offer. Boat show reviews indicates that going to a boating show yields more dividend than ever expected.

Why you may not buy your boat at a show, you may end up getting very difficult to beat bargains on some show. While you stand to reap loads of benefits from boating shows, the following are useful tips to note when attending one:

  • Book Your ticket online in advance for the event. If you are looking for bargains, book into the event during the afternoon session…you may save up to 70% on adult tickets. The London Boat show for example costs £14.00 before 4.00PM, and £6.00 there after.
  • Go in with a camera, notebook and pen to take notes. A tape measure may be necessary to measure the length of the boat or waterline – remember, the longer the water line, the faster is the boat. Compare same boat with same boat at different dealer’s stand.

  • Avoid buying on the first day. Try attending during the first day, but avoiding buying then, except you getting an extremely exceptional good deal. Prices are usually at the highest on the first day of event, though you may get some "throw in" bargains that day too. Prices are cheaper from the mid point of the show, and best mostly on the last day…you may however find out that a few items may have run out of exhibition price if you do not go on time.

  • Discuss at length with boat makers you meet in a show, and ask about the peculiarities of their product, how these products fare in terms of insurance and maintenance cost, and the downsides of their craft – they will often say there is the very best. No. Only one of the lots you see in a show could be the best. If you are in a show to buy a boat, take your time to narrow your choice of boat to two or three, from the lot over days, before going for one you fancy most
  • Also discuss with other boat owners. A boat show is the best research lab for boaters. Never be in a rush. Speak with a many boat owners as you can, who owns the very type of boat you are interested in, boat before coming to a show, on a boatyard, and in the show.
  • Arrange for a test drive, if you find the boat that you are truly interested in.
  • Hunt for Boating accessories too for your boat during the show.

Boating Shows to Attend – Venues and Dates

Are you looking to attend a show this year, then check out the dates for a show that will be coming up close to where you live or an international event of your choice. The following are the most sought after boat shows in the world:

Atlanta Boat Show

Jan 14 - 18, 2009
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia

The biggest boating show in Georgia, the Atlanta show offers boaters of all ages and passion something to look forward to. There will be chances to win prizes, go on VIP tours, and speak to top boat makers in the US.

Atlantic City International Power Boat Show

Feb 4 - 8 2009
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ


Baltimore Boat Show

Jan 21 - 25, 2009
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD


Boston Boat Show

2nd to 5th October, 2009
Seaport World Trade Center
Boston, MA

Are you a power boat or sailing boat fanatic? This is going to be a real thrill for you. Book your tickets online now, and look for discounts

California (Northern)Boat Show

April 22 - 26, 2009
Pacific Powerboat ExpoJack London Square, Port of Oakland
Pleasanton, CA

Cape Town International Boat Show

Oct 3 - 5, 2007
Cape Town
Western Cape

Chicago Boat Show

Jan 14 - 18, 2009
McCormick Place - North
Chicago, IL

Cleveland Boat Show

Jan 16 - 25, 2009
International Exposition Center
Cleveland, OH

Cincinnati Boat Show

Jan 16 - 18, and then 21 to 25th January 2009
Cincinnati Convention Center
Cincinnati, OH

Dallas Boat Show

January 30th to February 8th 2009
Market Hall
Dallas, TX

Detroit Boat Show

February 14-22, 2009
Cobo Center
Detroit, MI

Lots of Show Specials Including 2 for 1 Admission on Weekdays!

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

October 29th to November 2nd, 2009
Bahia Mar Yachting Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL

London Boat Show

Jan 9 - 18, 2009
ExCeL Exhibition Centre
London UK

Louisville RV Boat Show

Jan 24 - Feb 1, 2009
Kentucky Exposition Center
Louisville, KY

Miami International Boat Show

February 12-16, 2009
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, FL

Minneapolis Boat Show

January 21-25, 2009
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN

Nashville Boat Show

January 7-11, 2009
Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, TN

New Orleans Boat Show

January 7-11, 2009
Ernest N. Morial Covention Center
New Orleans, LA

New York National Boat Show

December 13-21, 2008
Jacob Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show

September 24-27, 2009
Norwalk Cove Marina
East Norwalk, CT

Paris International Boat Show

04 December 2009 - 13 December 2009
Paris’ Porte de Versailles
Paris, France

San Diego Boat Show

JANUARY 8-11, 2009
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

Sarasota Boat Show

Apr 19 - 22, 2007
Ken Thompson Park/City Island
Sarasota, FL

Southampton Boat Show

Sept 14 – 23, 2007
Mayflower Park
SouthamptonSO15 1HJ, UK

St. Petersburg Boat Show

Nov 15-18, 2007
Bayfront Center
St. Petersburg FL

Sydney International Boat Show

Aug 2 - 7, 2007
Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre & Cockle Bay Marina
Sydney, Australia

Tampa Boat Show

Sept 7-9, 2007
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, FL

Toronto International Boat Show

Jan 9 - 18, 2009
Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place
Toronto, Ontario

Vancouver International Boat Show

Feb 7 - 11, 2007
BC Place Stadium and
False Creek Yacht Club
Vancouver, British Columbia


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