Posted by: Tom Keer
January 27, 2016

Tom Keer

Get Ready for a Winter Boat Show: February, 2016

Winter boat shows...think spring!

Thoughts of attending a winter boat show helped me through last week’s two feet of snow. Building snowmen, sledding and snowball fights were fun; shoveling not so much.

Winter boat shows call for early ordering for spring delivery. And businesses carrying inventory are motivated to sell through their stock (think show discounts). You’ll also find deals on last year’s models, or get an opportunity to purchase a boat few people own. The efficiency of seeing hundreds of boats, trailers, and motor options can’t be beat. Just pace yourself over a few days; it’s more fun, too.

A winter boat show offers a taste of summer. Next year I’ll raise the ante, for given last week’s snow and frigid weather, I’m thinking about attending a show somewhere warm. Miami, Florida sounds about right.

Here’s a list of several boat shows you can attend in February:

Name Date Location
Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show® Feb 3–7 Atlantic City, NJ
Providence Boat Show Feb 4–7 Providence, RI
Utah Boat Show & Watersports Expo Feb 4–7 Sandy, UT
Progressive® Insurance Strictly Sail Miami® Feb 11–15 Miami, FL
Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Boat Sale Feb 13–14 West Palm Beach, FL
Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show® Feb 13–21 Boston, MA
58th Annual Detroit Boat Show Feb 13–21 Detroit, MI
Grand Rapids Boat Show Feb 17–21 Grand Rapids, MI
New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo Feb 18–21 Edison, NJ
Richmond Boat Show Feb 19–21 Richmond, VA
Rockford, Il Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show Feb 19–21 Rockford, IL
Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® Feb 24–28 St. Louis, MO
WNY Boat Show Feb 24–28 Orchard Park, NY
Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow Feb 25–28 Oaks, PA
Progressive® Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show® Feb 25–28 Los Angeles, CA
Colorado RV,Sports, Boat & Travel Feb 25–28 Denver, CO
National Capital Boat Show Feb 25–28 Chantilly, VA


We could not forget, of course, about the Miami Boat Show starting on February 11. And while you are there, don’t forget to visit the Kid’s area, where Take Me Fishing ™ and Vamos A Pescar ™ will be present with tones of entertainment for the entire family!

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Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits. When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters. His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011. Visit him at or at            Find out about the rest of Take Me Fishing Blog Authors.

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