7 Reasons to Go to the New England Boat Show

Why Go to the Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show

By Brian Souders, Progressive New England Boat Show

You’ve seen the billboards and ads across town and on your phone. You may have even caught yourself singing along with the “Come on Down to the Boat Show!” jingle watching SportsCenter.  

But you still haven’t decided to brave the chill and join us at the Progressive New England Boat Show, February 8 - 16. Well, here are seven reasons why you should “Come on down to the boat show…”

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Check out amazing boats
If you love getting on the water, a boat show is just heaven. We have more than 700 boats on display, of almost every type and brand. We’re talking luxury cabin cruisers, family-friendly pontoons, cruising sailboats, even stand-up paddleboards. It’s fun to see all the cool innovations and eye-popping designs, all under one roof. Here’s the list of all the boat brands you can see at the show..

Shop for a boat
Unlike auto and most powersports shows, you can actually buy boats right at the event. Our show is particularly great if you’re in the market for a new boat because you can shop several dealers and several boat types/brands in one place. Plus, boat and engine manufacturers often offer incentives in order to book sales well before the high season. Here are some more specific tips on shopping/buying at the show

Learn Stuff
The New England boat show is an amazing opportunity to become a better boater, sailor and angler. You’ll find just about everything to up your game, like casting and paddling classes, Virtual Reality set-ups to improve your boat handling skills, and Q&A with experts on maintenance. You can even go really in-depth with specialized seminars by nationally renowned experts – like the series of 50 seminars on saltwater fishing by Goose Hummock outfitters. Click for a schedule of educational offerings.

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Boat shows are also great places to find the latest gear to upgrade your current watercraft. More than 100 exhibitors at the Boston show offer accessories or lifestyle items to enhance your time on the water: personal flotation devices, navigation electronics, custom paint, lighting, fishing tackle and more. If it’s for your boat, someone’s likely selling it. Browse all exhibitors here.

Book a dream trip
Among all the boats and boat stuff are some great resorts and outfitters ready to take you on the best trip of your life, say a Caribbean catamaran cruise or Canadian Muskie fishing trip.

It gets the kids out of the house!
At this time of year, we all want to get out of the house with family so we make the New England boat show a great time for kids. They love exploring all the different kinds of boats, of course (be sure to keep them close to keep them safe on board!). But you’ll find tons of other kids activities, such as crafts, a replica humpback whale and an incredible offshore racing boat!

Cure your Winter Blues!
Finally, the Progressive Insurance New England boat show is a great event for getting together with your boating friends now that the hectic holidays are over. You can meet at the show after work, grab a drink and some food and relive some great stories from last summer, or plan this season’s outings.

We hope to see you at the show! Buy your ticket here.why go to show image