Northeast Boat Show News

If you can’t make it to the New England Boat Show in Boston this week, or don’t want to fight the traffic and the crowds, just wait a few weeks and check out the revitalized Worcester Boat Show next month.

2013-03-07_16-02-56_238After several years of existence as a merged event with the local RV show, the Worcester Boat Show is back as a stand-alone boat show. This is a positive sign of the improving economy, both in the central New England area and in the boating industry in general. Let’s face it, it takes a lot to put on a successful boat show… you need boat dealers willing to pay the exhibiting fees and fill the space, and you need attendees that are willing to pay the price of admission. Apparently, the organizers of the Worcester Boat Show are confident that they’ll have both.

I never attended one of the merged Boat/RV shows, but I checked out the Worcester Boat Show during what I believe was the last time it was a standalone show in 2009. It was similar to the Hartford or Providence boat shows in size, but with more of an emphasis on fishing boats, pontoons and other smaller recreational power boats in the 18 to 25 ft range – perhaps this is a reflection of all the lakes in the area. I’m expecting more of the same for the revamped 2014 edition of the show. I’m looking forward to it this year, and highly recommend it to anyone within an hour or so drive from Worcester.

The Worcester Boat Show is at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Dates and hours are March 14-16, 2014:
Friday: 4-8 PM
Saturday 10AM – 7PM
Sunday 11AM – 5PM

They’re also offering Buy-One-Get-One-Free tickets on their website, so make sure you check it out before you go!

SailQuest Mystic

DSC_0422In other New England boat show news, I just found out this morning that SailQuest – the boat show organized by the folks at WindCheck Magazine – is moving back to Mystic this spring after a couple of years at Milford’s Lisman Landing.

Milford was great, and very nostalgic for me personally having grown up in the town, but the sailing atmosphere in Mystic cannot be beat in Connecticut. And one of the great things about SailQuest is that it’s one of the only shows in the country with an emphasis on sailing (the show also features trawlers and other powerboats). Before moving to Milford, previous SailQuest shows were held in Mystic Seaport, which required an expensive admission; but this year the show will be at Mystic Shipyard which allows for FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING. I’m looking forward to this growing young show’s new location this year.

SailQuest will be held May 2 – 4, 2014 at Mystic Shipyard. For more information about the show, visit www.sailquestboatshow.com.