New England Boat Show sees high attendance and boat sales


The nine days Progressive New England Boat Show concluded Sunday, reporting an attendance of 50,726, down 2% from last year’s record of 51,725, but up 2% from the three-year average attendance of 49,728 .

More so, the NMMA said exhibitors were reporting strong boat sales and positive conversations with attendees for the second year in a row. NMMA reported that the all-new Summer Street entrance to the show was appreciated by both exhibitors and attendees, with many positive comments about the new entrance and the smooth flow of traffic throughout the show.

Other highlights of this year’s show include the Annual Career Day. Over 100 local students and interested job seekers benefited from Career Day held on Friday February 14 in partnership with the Massachusetts Marine Trade Association. Students discovered careers in the maritime industry through question-and-answer sessions with local marine professionals.

Plus, other popular family features drew a crowd like the Build-A-Boat and Paddleboat Pool. Finally, the all-new Discover Boating Experience (DBX) – a space for guests to mingle and relax while listening to short boating seminars – has been a huge hit with show visitors. To help raise awareness among local families and potential attendees, the show also hosted its first-ever social influencing event for 20 local family and lifestyle influencers to raise awareness. Held on Sunday, February 9, the event welcomed guests with a private tour of the show encouraging social sharing along the way.

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