Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show®, presented by Discover Boating, Docks February 16-20, 2022 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

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WHAT:       
 
The Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show® presented by Discover BoatingTMreturns to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center February 16-20, 2022 (new five-day format), welcoming nautical novices, seasoned sailors and water lovers an all-access pass to dive into the boating lifestyle. With more than 415,000 new boat owners taking to the water in the past two years, demand for boating remains at an all-time high. Attendees are invited to celebrate the homecoming of this annual boating tradition as they see and shop the most comprehensive selection of boats and gear in New England, learn new skills, and connect with fellow boating enthusiasts.
 
SHOW HIGHLIGHTS
  • See & shop the most comprehensive selection of boats in New England, from center consoles and family cruisers to pontoons and wakesports boats. Browse, compare and place orders for your first or next boat, plus shop the newest boating accessories, marine electronics and on-the-water must-haves.
  • Tour the Queen of the Show and her Court of Beauties:?Boat Show tradition dictates that the largest boat at the?show each year is named the?Queen. 2022’s innovations across all boat types dictate a look at the Queen?and?her Court.
    • Everglades 455– the Queen of the Show! This superpowered center console is designed for fishing and fun with stadium seating, intuitive touchscreen electronics, luxurious styling at every turn.
    • Beneteau 42 a first-class, state-of-the-art sailing yacht in traditional nautical style
    • Solace 41CS with convertible bow seating, tournament fish-fighting station and a high-tech helm
    • Axopar 37 a versatile crossover that delivers all-weather boating to extend the New England season
    • Formula 350 CBR a luxurious Bowrider with wet bar, extended swim platform and overnight cabin
  • Kids can splash around a mini lake in a paddleboat, build their own toy boat, and hop aboard all the boats!
  • Free “Boating 101” education for new boaters and experts alike at Fred's Shed How-To Center, featuring tips, advice and practical skills during daily seminars and demos that cover everything from getting started and operating your boat to service, maintenance and more
  • NEW! New England Boat Show Conservation Village featuresthe first annual New England Says No to Plastic Clean Water Showcase,with local school projects that show how reducing plastic will help protect our water resources. Conservation Village will also display the latest in electric boat innovations; a mini beach clean-up station from The Clean Earth Project, and more.

U.S. BOATING BY THE NUMBERS*

The U.S. boating boom continues with record 2021 sales and strong momentum in 2022 as more Americans continue returning to and rediscovering the outdoors.

  • Interest in boating has never been greater with more than 415,000 first-time boat buyers entering the market in 2020 and a total of 15.6 million recreational boats in use in 2020.
  • The industry saw tremendous growth with boat sales reaching a 13-year high in 2020, which remain at elevated levels.
  • New powerboat unit sales in 2021 surpassed 300,000 units; only the second time the industry has hit that number in nearly 15 years (2020 and 2021), closing 2021 an estimated 4 to 6 percent below record highs in 2020 and 7 percent above the five-year sales average.
  • New boat sales in 2022 are projected to be on par with record 2020 levels.
  • Annual U.S. sales of boats, marine products and services totaled $49.3 billion in 2020, up 14% from 2019.

NEW ENGLAND BOATING BY THE NUMBERS*

  • New England marine sales were up on average 20 percent in 2020, and dealers are selling new boats as fast as they receive them. As consumer demand continues, the New England Boat Show is a must-attend event to see and shop the most comprehensive selection of boats in the area and place orders for future fun on the water.
  • Consumers spent an estimated $475 Million on new powerboats, outboard engines, boat trailers and aftermarket accessories in Massachusetts in 2020, up 20% compared to 2019.
  • Recreational boating has a $4.4 billion annual economic impact in Massachusetts, supporting 20,362 jobs and 1,055 small businesses.**
  • Massachusetts ranked 21st in total U.S. marine expenditures in 2020.
*Source: NMMA                                                                                                            
**Based on a 2018 Economic Impact Study
 
SHOW DETAILS
 
WHEN:             *New five-day date pattern: Wednesday-Sunday, February 16-20, 2022*
Weds-Fri: 12:00pm-8:00pm; Sat: 10:00am-8:00pm; Sun: 10:00am-6:00pm
 
WHERE:          Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
 
TICKETS:          Purchase tickets online at NEBoatShow.com ($18 for adults; children 12 and under get in FREE)
 
INFO:                  For more information, visit NEBoatShow.com; Facebook and Instagram #NEBoatShow
 
COVID19:         The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center requires proof of vaccination, with masks to be worn at all times. Full Health & Safety Guidelines can be found here
 
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MEDIA CONTACTS: Email the Show PR team at boatshows@cwandco.com or call Carrie Waible (646-423-0230) for press materials, photos, interviews, special access & live remotes