Opportunities for purchasing winter boats on the bay will be a little different this year, following a post-pandemic reshuffle. The Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show is postponed until January 2023, but a brand new show will launch this year at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Baltimore County.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced this week that the Baltimore Boat Show will not be held this winter, “as we navigate the current market conditions and needs in Baltimore,” Progressive says on the website from the boat show. Baltimore is one of five progressive boat shows in the major markets carried over to 2023 (the others being Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis). NMMA attributes the decision to vessel inventory and supply issues, writing: “This is the result of extensive analysis, alongside exhibitors and NMMA members, of the unique needs and economics of the vessel. each region, covering the date of availability to supply chain disruptions to a historically low market. inventory of boats.
At the same time, the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County is hosting a brand new boat show January 21-23, 2022 at the Timonium State Fairgrounds. Earlier this month, the trade association announced the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, produced by Maryland boat dealers and showcasing “new boats and marine equipment, including sport fishing boats, performance boats, ski boats, cruise ships, pontoon boats, cruise ships and more ”.
The 125,000 square foot fairground building known as the “Cow Palace” used for events throughout the year will accommodate boats in a range of budgets. Dealerships include: AMPM Marine, Beacon Light Marina, Chessie Marine, Galahad Marine Sales, Honda Powersports of Crofton, Jim’s Marine, MD Boat Sales, North Point Yacht Sales, Pasadena Boat Works, Pete’s Cycle, Pocket Yacht Company, Port Annapolis Marina, PYY Marine, Rhode River Marina, Riverside Marine, Rudy’s Marine, Total Marine, Tradewinds Marina, Tristate Marine and Waterfront Marine.
The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show also promises entertainment, educational seminars, food and drink, and free parking.
For more information, visit thechesapeakebayboatshow.com.
–Meg Walburn Viviano