Posted by: Tom Keer
January 8, 2014

Tom Keer

Cold Winter, Hot Boats


There are a few things that make me depressed this time of year. The first is a harbor that is frozen solid. When that happens I know the water temps must be 28 degrees or colder ‘cause that’s when saltwater turns to ice o. Ramps are slippery and even if I could break through the ice to launch for a morning of cod fishing or duck hunting, I wouldn’t be able to get my rig back up the ramp. A good dumping of snow adds insult to injury, plus the snow on top of my outboard.

And that’s what makes winter boat shows so great; they fill us with hope, they inspire us with new products and dreams, and they help pass time. In addition to seeing new hulls, outboards, trailers, and electronics, you’ll find educational seminars that will help you better enjoy your time on the water. So now that the National Championship has been played, check out the schedule below for a boat show near you.

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE ATLANTA BOAT SHOW®
January 9–12, 2014
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
AtlantaBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE CHICAGO BOAT, SPORTS & RV SHOW®
January 16–20, 2014
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
ChicagoBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE LOUISVILLE BOAT, RV & SPORTSHOW®
January 22–26, 2014
Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY
LouisvilleBoatRVShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE NASHVILLE BOAT & SPORTSHOW®
January 23–26, 2014
NEW LOCATION
Music City Center, Nashville, TN
NashvilleBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE BALTIMORE BOAT SHOW®
January 23–26, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
BaltimoreBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE KANSAS CITY BOAT & SPORTSHOW®
January 23–26, 2014
Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO
KansasCitySportshow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE SAN FRANCISCO BOAT SHOW
January 23–26, 2014
AT&T Park and McCovey Cove, San Francisco, CA
SFBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE MINNEAPOLIS BOAT SHOW®
January 30–February 2, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
MinneapolisBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE ATLANTIC CITY BOAT SHOW®
February 5–9, 2014
Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
ACBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE LOS ANGELES BOAT SHOW
February 6–9, 2014
L.A. Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
LosAngelesBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW®
February 13–17, 2014
Miami Beach Convention Center,
Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, Miami, FL
MiamiBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE NEW ENGLAND BOAT SHOW®
February 22–March 2, 2014
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
NewEnglandBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE ST. LOUIS BOAT & SPORTSHOW®
February 26–March 2, 2014
America’s Center & Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, MO
StLouisBoatShow.com

PROGRESSIVE® INSURANCE NORTHWEST SPORTSHOW®
March 26–30, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center,Minneapolis, MN
NorthwestSportshow.com

These are just a few of the boat shows happening January – March. Check your local listings for other boat shows, as well as fishing and fly fishing shows!

Tom Keer is an award-winning freelance writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.

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