Fish for Newest Boats and Nautical Trends at 2013 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show, Cruising into Boston February 16-24
Visitors can get a head start on summer fun at New England’s largest marine marketplace shopping newest boats, marine gadgets and gear, plus discover biggest trends in boating – joystick docking, new versatile/budget-friendly boats and yachts for luxury-seekers
Boston, MA – January 24, 2013 – To help keep the winter blues at bay, boaters are gearing up for fun on the water at the 2013 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show, docking at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center February 16-24, 2013. This year’s show is revved up and bigger than ever, with more than 365,000 square feet filled with the newest power- and sailboats, the latest must-haves in technology and nautical accessories.
“The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show brings local, regional and national manufacturers and marine dealers together, providing visitors a truly unique opportunity to get the 411 on all-things boating, shop the newest models, and stock up on everything needed for summer fun on the water,” says Joe O’Neal, show manager.
As boaters countdown the days until boating season, manufacturers and dealers are offering the best prices of the season, special deals and incentives. With more than 750 boats on display and marine experts on hand to answer questions, the annual boat show offers an ideal place to comparison shop and discover the newest trends in boating. According to the latest industry report, new powerboat sales increased by 10 percent in 2012, driven largely by small, versatile boats, such as the new models noted below.
Here is a preview of the latest boating trends to look out for at the 2013 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show:
Pod drives, joystick docking. For the latest in propulsion systems, pod drive power has made a huge splash in the recreational boating market. Cummins and Volvo Engine will be on hand displaying their newest models with pod drive power. Pod drive systems offer boaters an alternative to diesel inboard systems and eliminate the need for struts, shafts and rudders. This compact propulsion system also creates more room onboard, improves overall fuel efficiency and makes the boats lighter and faster. With a joystick-like engine control, the system is also easy and efficient to maneuver and dock.
Small, versatile boats leading recovery for recreational boating industry. Currently, boats under 27 feet make up 96 percent of the 12.4 million registered boats in the U.S. This year Sea Ray is introducing its new 21’ foot jet boat, the Jet 21, for the first time in New England at the boat show. These fast, small, affordable and easy to maneuver vessels are the ideal fit for sporting and recreational boaters. Yamaha will also be displaying their line of jet boats at this year’s show for eager captains to climb aboard.
Also on deck at this year’s boat show will be one of America’s favorite boats, the pontoon. This versatile boat is making waves in a new way and has seen a major evolution in their design, technology and appeal. Pontoon boats satisfy a wide range of boating lifestyles from families looking for a fun day out on the water to new boaters interested in a relaxing cruise. Visitors can compare and browse more than 80 pontoon boats from at least 16 manufacturers.
Boaters on a budget have boat loads to choose from as more than 30 manufacturers at the boat show introduce several power- and sailboats for every budget and lifestyle, with many available for less than $250 per month.
Meet ‘the Queens’ – luxury cruising for the ultimate entertaining experience.Visitors with a taste for luxury can find the newest state-of-the-art motor- and sailing yachts at the 2013 show. Seasoned cruisers can catch a glimpse of the 46-foot Regal, the largest motor yacht on display at the show. This boating beauty features an open living design, the ultimate sun lounge, handcrafted wood details, a spacious salon, and boasts a $1 million dollar price tag. Two 46-foot sailboat ‘Queens’ are on sale for avid sailors. The new Beneteau Sense and Jeanneau Odyssey models are the ultimate in tall sail indulgence, combining spectacular design and comfort for smooth sailing. Show-goers can try these boats on for size and climb aboard to get behind the helm of these magnificent watercrafts. MEDIA – come on board for a tour!
In addition to perusing the latest in watercrafts and equipment, the 2013 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show is an ideal winter escape for families and boaters of all lifestyles. The nine-day show offers live entertainment, kids fun and hands-on educational events for those looking to sharpen their nautical skills. Visitors are invited to test their skipper skills and race friends at the Remote Control Sailing Pond or the Power Boat Docking Challenge. The show also features more than 100 demonstrations, discussions and hands-on clinics from marine experts at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center and SailFest.
Show Information and Details:
The 2013 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show sails into the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center at 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210 February 16-24. Show hours: Saturdays, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, February 17 11am–6pm; Monday, February 18 10am-7pm; Tuesday–Friday, 1pm–9pm and Sunday, February 24 11am–5:30pm.
Admission to the New England Boat Show is $15 for adults and free for kids 15 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online.