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Newport International Boat Show Announces 2014 Dates, Prices

Newport International Boat Show Announces 2014 Dates, Prices

Newport International Boat Show, in Newport, Rhode Island.  Photo courtesy of Newport Exhibition Group

Newport International Boat Show, in Newport, Rhode Island. Photo courtesy of Newport Exhibition Group

The Newport Exhibition Group said that the 2014 dates for the Newport International Boat Show, in Newport, RI, are as follows:

  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 12: 10am-6pm
  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 13: 10am-6pm
  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 14: 10am-6pm
  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 15: 10am-5pm

Here are the pricing details:

Tickets for Thursday, September 11th, VIP Day, are $30*. If tickets are purchased by Wednesday, September 10th, each order includes a reserved parking space at Easton’s Beach. ($15 value, one parking space per transaction.) Shuttle bus service from Easton’s Beach to the show entrance is included with the parking space. On Friday, Saturday or Sunday, September 12th, 13th or 14th, tickets are $15* through Thursday, September 11th and $18* September 12th through the 14th. Two-day discounted ticket packages are also available. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. On Friday, September 12th only, visitors with a valid Military or Newport County Resident ID receive half price admission at the ticket booth.

*Ticket prices are subject to additional processing fees.
**Discounts, packages and advance pricing can not be combined with other offers.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the show website.

Feeling like a little vacation splurge this year? The Newport Exhibition Group also owns and operates the Newport Charter Yacht Show, which runs from June 23-26 this year.

Posted by Tom in Boat Systems, Boats, Brokerage, Charter, Construction & Technical, megayachts

2014 Miami International Boat Show Opens Today


Open Doors of the 2014 Miami International Boat Show

What’s behind this door? The 2014 Miami International Boat Show

We’re in Miami for the opening of the 2014 Progressive® Miami International Boat Show and it’s clear from the exhibits on display, the boats in the water and the news already making headlines that there is a new optimism in the boating industry.

View of the show floor at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show

So much to see as you walk into the Convention Center show floor at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show

If you’re following our Tweets from the show (@OceanLines), you’ve seen some quick spy shots we got from the show floor last night while all the show employees and company folks were still putting last-minute touches on all the displays. We tweeted photos of the Lehr propane-powered outboard motors; a great solution if you have a diesel boat and don’t want to carry or mess with gasoline for your tender. Actually, it might be a great solution for anything you want to do with a smaller outboard.

We also sent a picture of the great line of Yamaha outboards on display; the cool paint jobs on the Mercury Verado outboards on Deep Impact’s boats; the rocketship-like go-fast boats from Marine Technology and some examples of the new Carver Yachts lineup.

Last night you also saw our Tweet with a photo of Boston Whaler’s innovative fold-down side gate on the 270 Dauntless. We’ll have two more news stories from Boston Whaler today, including one on a brand-new boat being developed by the company.

There is also a lot of news from the marine electronics companies this year and we’ll have all the coverage, including a roundup of the great new technology and content available from the Navico brands — Simrad, Lowrance and B&G.

So, stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Twitter for quick heads-up items and photos from the show floor and the marinas.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Electrical Systems, Electronics, Engines, Gear & Apparel, GPS, Industry News, Marine Electronics, Performance Powerboats, Powerboats, Propulsion, Radar, Radios, Sonar, Technology

Considering a Trawler? Get to a Trawler Fest

A View of the Kona Kai Marina Site for the Next Trawler Fest in March

A View of the Kona Kai Marina Site for the Next Trawler Fest in March

Yesterday’s news of the new Kadey-Krogen 52′ — which was made sort of under the public radar — at last month’s Trawler Fest in Fort Lauderdale, reminded me of just one more benefit of these events. If you’ve never been to a Trawler Fest, which are owned and operated by Passagemaker Magazine, and you’re thinking about joining the cruising community, you really need to fix that and get to one.

Trawler Fests are a kind of stand-alone boat show for trawler and cruising enthusiasts.  There are several held each year, on both the east and west coasts of the United States. The boat show normally runs from Friday through Sunday, and you can normally see examples from most of the major manufacturers there. Often, the boats are shown by agreement with their current owners and when the owners are around, it’s a fantastic opportunity to get the straight story directly from someone who owns the boat.

Another program run by Passagemaker Magazinethat you should consider is the so-called “Passagemaker University,” which is a series of educational seminars usually held during the two days preceeding a Trawler Fest.  The next PMU is scheduled for San Diego, March 3-4, followed by the San Diego Trawler Fest, March 5-7. According to the Trawler Fest website, “The event will take place at the Kona Kai Resort and Marina, located at the tip of Shelter Island, San Diego, where exhibiting companies will set up on resort grounds overlooking cruising powerboats in the first class megayacht marina.”

Just in case you were wondering, I don’t get anything in return from promoting these events; I just think they’re truly valuable experiences for folks already cruising, but especially for those who might be thinking about it. Check the website links above and get to one near you this year.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Destinations, Industry News, Maintenance & DIY, Passagemaking News, Powerboats, seamanship

2009 Miami Boat Show and Strictly Sail Open Thursday

Sea Isle Marina Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Sea Isle Marina Venue of the Miami Boat Show

The latest editions of the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail open tomorrow, Thursday, February 12, 2009 and run until Monday, February 16, at 6.p.m.   Show organizers are expecting more than 140,000 visitors to examine the boats, equipment and services on display by the more than 2,200 exhibitors.

Strictly Sail Show at Miamarina Bayside

Strictly Sail Show at Miamarina Bayside

The show covers three venues — The Miami Beach Convention Center, the Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center and the Miamarina at Bayside Marketplace (Strictly Sail).  The Sea Isle Marina has the in-water powerboat displays and is right on the Miami waterfront; while the Bayside Marina hosts the sailboats of Strictly Sail.

An additional event, technically not part of MIBS, but considered by many visitors to be the “fourth venue” of the Miami show is the annual Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, which occupies the docks along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach for a mile or more, with large yachts and superyachts on display.

Convention Center Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Convention Center Venue of the Miami Boat Show

Although the current economic climate has made for some disappointing results at recent boat shows, Miami (along with the Fort Lauderdale show in late October) is considered one of the 2 or 3 premier boat shows in the world, and manufacturers put on their best faces for the affair.

There will be a number of new products unveiled at the show, including new electronics from Raymarine, Furuno and Simrad; new engines and systems from Volvo Penta, Honda, Cummins, Northern Lights and John Deere.  The new Kadey-Krogen 55′ Expedition will make its first large-scale public appearance at the Sea Isle Marina.  The two innovative power catamarans from Leopard Catamarans will be on display as well as the Leopard sailing cats.

The news starts rolling out tonight and we’ll have it here on OceanLines before morning here in Miami.

Copyright ©  2009 by OceanLines LLC

Posted by Tom in Boats, Industry News, Technology