For watercraft enthusiasts with their eyes set on a new vessel, it’s possible to stop at Central Florida Launches to get a feel for the latest boats hitting the water.
But it would be much cooler and more convenient to attend the Orlando Boat Showback for three days next month at Orange County Convention Center. Explore a selection of 400 bowriders, center consoles, deck boats, fishing boats, pontoons and surf boats from over 80 manufacturers from August 12-14.
The show comes at a time when the boating industry is still experiencing high demand. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, new motorboat sales continue to exceed pre-pandemic levels, with the first quarter of 2022 up 20% over the same period in 2019.
“The Orlando Boat Show is designed for new boaters looking to explore the latest trends in boating, ships, boating and fishing,” said Jeff Husby, president of the Central Florida Marine Industry Association, in a press release. “We are committed to elevating the professionalism of the boating industry in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.”
From personal watercraft starting around $10,000 to luxury watercraft in excess of $1 million, customers can browse a range of vessels to suit every lifestyle and budget. For guests interested in buying at the show, on-site incentives include extended warranties, service packages, dirt removed, upgraded electronics and accessory packages.
Visitors with a more casual interest in boating can explore rental or watercraft sharing options, such as the BoatShare program from Mount Dora Nautical Center. Families who want to get on the water about once a month can participate in a shared rental program that is more affordable than owning a boat.
The Orlando Boat Show also offers fishing and boating seminars, a trout pond for younger visitors, cartoons, and shows by Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel.
According to the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida, boating has an annual economic impact of $4.1 billion in Central Florida, supporting more than 15,000 jobs with nearly 200,000 registered boats and 2.4 million of Central Floridians hitting the water each year.
The Orlando Boat Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. August 12-13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 14 at 9800 International Drive in Orlando. Tickets are $10 per person; children 12 and under enter free. Parking at the convention center is $10. For more information and tickets, visit orlandoboatshow.com.