Boat shows are a great way to learn about boating, research a new boat before purchasing one, or simply connect with others who enjoy boating.
Boating can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity. It can also have its challenges – from identifying the right kind of boat, to maintaining, handling, repairing, and selling your boat. Because of this, boat shows are a great way to stay connected with the boating community and increase your understanding and enjoyment of boating.
There are various kinds of boat shows. Some boat shows focus specifically on sailing and sail boats. Boat shows closer to coastal areas will tend to feature larger vessels, whereas inland boat shows will tend to feature smaller boats, such a fishing boats, fish-and-ski, and bowrider boats.
Many boat shows offer special activities designed to highlight various aspects of the boating lifestyle. For example, a sailing oriented boat show many offer seminars on how to captain or repair a sailboat. Fishing oriented boat shows tend to offer seminars around fishing from boats.
The Top 18 Boat Shows in 2012
Here are the U.S. boat shows you won’t want to miss during winter and spring of 2012.
New York Boat Show – January 4-8, 2012
Minneapolis Boat Show – January 19-22, 2012
Baltimore Boat Show – January 19-22, 2012
Central Gulf Coast Boat, Sport and RV Show – January 20-22, 2012
Louisville Boat, RV and Sportshow – January 25-29, 2012
Strictly Sail Chicago – January 26-29, 2012
Seattle Boat Show – January 27 – February 5, 2012
Atlantic City International Boat Show – February 1-5, 2012
St. Louis Boat & Sportshow – February 8-12, 2012
Montreal Boat Show – February 9-12, 2012
New England Boat Show – February 11-19, 2012
Miami International Boat Show – February 16-20, 2012
Strictly Sail Miami – February 16-20, 2012
Philadelphia Boat Show – March 2-4, 2012
Palm Beach International Boat Show – March 22-25, 2012
Northwest Sportshow – March 28 – April 1, 2012
Cabo Marine Show – TBA
Strictly Boaters Boat Show – May 4-6, 2012