Directory Portland Boat Show sets sail Wednesday for a five-day trip through the Portland Expo Center.
The show continues to ride through the pandemic pandemonium and promises to be even better than the 2021 event, where boat dealers sold their (limited) salon inventory for the first time in 61 years.
Now in its 62nd year, many dealers are returning to the show with more inventory. Shortages of boats and outboard motors remain a problem nationwide, but not as severe as in 2021. This year’s show will also resurrect a dealer-only used boat sales area (in the hall C) from ten years ago.
Trey Carskadon, spokesperson for O’Loughlin Trade Shows, heavy aluminum boats are still limited due to shortages, but at least one major dealer will have them for sale. Waiting times for aluminum boat orders can be up to one year.
“The early bird takes the boat,” Carskadon said. In other words, if a dealer is in stock or out of stock, boat orders will be filled on a first-come-first basis.
Ditto for outboard motors, although there will be Mercury motors for sale at the show.
Carskadon said the boating industry was somewhat surprised last year by strong demand for boats from keen cabin buyers keen to get outside during the pandemic.
The rules for show attendees are the same as last year.
Everyone is required to wear masks and the rule will be enforced, Carskadon said. There will be no attendance limit since the show is considered the same as the aisles of a retail store. A distance of six feet, where possible, will also be monitored.
The first 100 participants per day who want one will receive a free pass for next month Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, also at the Expo Center February 16-20.
Two-for-one discount coupons for a $ 15 entry tickets are available online. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.
Parking costs $ 12, but will be free after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The sponsors of the show take note.
Englund Marine, based in Astoria, will offer thousands of square feet of fishing and crabbing equipment, marine electronics, and more.
Hours are 11 am to 9 pm Wednesday to Friday; From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
– Bill Monroe