For three days in mid-October, boat dealers and boat sellers will come together for Lake Lanier’s first-ever boat show. Taking place in Margaritaville on the Lanier Islands, show dates are October 14-16 and will feature dealers from across North Georgia.
“The response has been overwhelming for this show,” said Tabor Reins, president of the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta, event organizers and sponsors. “Everyone is very excited to have a fall event right here on Lake Lanier, where the majority of our clientele live and play.”
Area boat dealers will be showcasing the 2022 and 2023 models ashore and at the Margaritaville docks. The Landshark Landing restaurant will be open and food trucks will be open for all three days to provide food and refreshments to attendees.
“Saturday and Sunday we will also have entertainment for the guests,” Reins said. “Dealers will be showcasing the latest 2023 models, as well as the 2022 end-of-season boats. And many of them will have the opportunity to get financing on the spot.
The show receives good feedback from area boat dealers.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for local dealers to have the biggest display of boats in the water for a long time,” said Philip Burton, managing partner of Gainesville Marina. “It’s a great place for our customers to preview 2023 models and beat the January price increases. And it supports our idea of buying local, to the benefit of our dealers and customers.
Singleton Marine managing director Casey Smith said the dealership will bring 20 boats to show on land and in the water. “It’s good to have a boat show again,” he said. “We will be showing our new models and offering incentives to manufacturers and may also offer demos by appointment on select models over the weekend.”
Boating Atlanta brings 10 boats to show off in the water and on land. “We have new 2022 and 2023 boats, and we can take orders for spring delivery of 2023 models,” says Jeff Bridwell of sales at Boating Atlanta. “The show is a great opportunity for this region, both for us and for boaters in the region. It really makes sense to have a show on one of the largest lakes in the Southeast.
Atlanta Marine is bringing about 30 new boats to showcase its seven brands both in the water and on land. “We also bring in used boats and can offer on-site financing,” said Kelly Seagroves, marketing manager for Atlanta Marine’s six locations. “We are very pleased to be able to reach our large customer base.”
Here is a sampling of the dealerships that will be attending: Advantage Boat Center, Atlanta Marine, Boating Atlanta, Gainesville Marina, Marine Max, Park Marine, Singleton Marine and Skiers Marine. Others, as well as dock builders, marine suppliers and community groups associated with boating and Lake Lanier, will also be in attendance. Lake Lanier fishing guide, Ken Sturdivant, will be giving demonstrations at his booth.
“The Lake Lanier Boat Show promises to provide an effortless boat buying experience, promote a love of the water, and help you chart your course for unforgettable days on the lake,” said Reins. . “This is the premier opportunity in Georgia water for boaters of all kinds to explore and experience a wide variety of boat brands from trusted local dealers.”
Admission to the show is $12 per person per day; admission includes entrance fees to the Lanier Islands. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.lakelanierboatshow.com.