The region’s largest and most anticipated marine consumer expo brings state-of-the-art products, Career Fair, maritime activities for all ages and more to the BCEC over nine days this February

1/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

BOSTON, JANUARY 16, 2019—Board a 45-foot luxury yacht, hop on Salt, the life-size whale, try your hand at interactive casting, and cruise more than 600 of the latest boat models all under one roof as the 64th edition of the Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show® Presented by West Marine brings summer sailing back to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center February 9-17, 2019.  

Attracting more than 50,000 marine enthusiasts of all ages, the nine-day interactive, educational and entertaining experience offers attendees a virtual tidal wave of activities, exhibits, boats and features for every budget and level of interest.  Making port this year at the 2019 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show are:

  • NEW this year is an expanded MARINE CAREER DAY on Friday, February 15, including the first open-to-the-public CAREER FAIR –an opportunity for the general public to launch a career in the marine industry, including complimentary admission with registration. The Career Fair will provide a chance for those exploring a career in recreational boating to meet with potential employers and learn more about the important boating industry and jobs directly from industry experts from marine technicians to sales and much more.

  • More than 600 of the latest boat models to browse, board and buy for every lifestyle and budget ranging from luxury cruisers to center consoles and pontoon boats, plus marine accessories and much more, including the Queen of the Show, the largest and most glamorous boat on the show floor. This year, two boats claim the title: the Cruisers Cantius 46 and on the sail side, the Catalina 425.

  • NEW A Tale of Two Seasons Social Media Contest-- Two seasons collide as the Boat Show, right in the middle of winter, represents all we love about warm weather, long sunny days boating, fishing and sailing on the coastlines, rivers and lakes of New England. So set aside the shovels, skis and snowmobiles to sample what summer of 2019 looks like. Come aboard and post your favorite summer-in-winter picture for a chance to win tickets to the show as well as all entries will be eligible for a grand prize package. Post that picture to our Facebook or Instagram pages. Use the hashtag #NEBoatShow or #Taleof2Seasons.

  • Boat Smarts -Dozens of boating seminars with a special emphasis on fishing tips throughout the show as well as advice on sailing and boating topics featuring popular interactive casting tanks by New England’s premier saltwater fishing outfitters, Goose Hummock. Full lineup of seminars here:

  • Salt, the 40-foot, life-size inflatable humpback whale, teaching kids of all ages about safe boating near whales.

  • The Progressive Insurance Boat Club, offering the chance to boost your boating IQ with top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship who will be on-deck to teach an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating courses. Plus, attendees can take the helm at Progressive’s Oculus Rift virtual reality experience and learn to master docking skills at the docking pool with remote control model boats.

  • Kids Ahoy- Little skippers will have boatloads of fun creating one of a kind nautical masterpieces to take home as a show souvenir at Kids Toy Boat Building.  The Touch-A-Boat Tour takes kids on a voyage through the Show to explore an array of vessels, talk with captains snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life the high seas, and the Kids Paddleboat Pool will allow young mariners to navigate a mini lake in their own paddleboat.


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Media Info: Robin Reibel, 781-608-2041



When: Saturday, February 9 through Sunday, February 17, 2019


Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210


?       Saturday, February 9: 10am–8pm

?       Sunday, February 10: 10am–6pm

?       Monday - Friday, February 11-15: 1pm–9pm

?       Saturday, February 16: 10am–8pm

?       Sunday, February 17: 10am–5:30pm

Tickets: $16 for adults; FREE for children 12 and under (when accompanied by an adult)

?       Purchase online tickets at or at the box office during the show

?       All active military will receive one free ticket with valid ID

Phone: 617-472-1742


Media Info: Robin Reibel, 781-608-2041


About the Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show®

The Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat and sportshows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit To learn more about Progressive Boat Insurance, which insures more than one million watercraft, please visit or contact Julie Kolencik at, (440) 395-2019.




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