TAMPA, FL – The 2017 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show sets sail this weekend featuring the marine industry’s newest boats and accessories. Visitors to the Bay Area’s largest boat show can view hundreds of boats, including fishing boats, sailboats and yachts from the region’s top dealers.
The event was originally scheduled for September, but was postponed because of Hurricane Irma. The boat show starts at 10 a.m. Friday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin St.,
and continues through Sunday. Adult tickets for ages 13 and older: $12; youth tickets for ages 12 and under: free (when accompanied by a paid adult).
“The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show continues to showcase the latest innovations and trends to the Tampa market,” said Kevin Murphy, show manager. “We’re bringing the best of boating to Tampa, with interactive boating simulators, sailboats and mega yachts, stand-up paddleboarding and more.”
Florida led the nation in sales of new powerboat, engine, trailer and accessories in 2016, generating $2.5 billion. Many manufacturers will debut their latest models.at this year’s Tampa show.
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“Visitors to this show will be among the first in the world to see many of these boats,” according to Murphy.
Additionally, the three-day show provides activities for anyone interested in the boating lifestyle, from avid anglers to novice boaters, and families to retirees.
“The boat show has a wide range of activities to entertain and educate people of all ages and experience levels,” said Murphy. “Whether you’re in the market for a luxury cruiser, or exploring ways to get on the water, our expanded in-water display will showcase more than 100 best-in-class vessels, ranging in size from 30 to 80 feet.”
Attendees can hone their boating skills with on-the-water workshops along Tampa Bay. Topics range from basic docking and boating safety to open water boat handling and anchoring. Other educational opportunities include Fred’s Shed DIY Seminars & Interactive Learning Center, where attendees can participate in free hands-on clinics on boat maintenance, repair and upgrade techniques; as well as a full schedule of fishing seminars.
New to the boat show is Family Fun Day on Sunday, Oct. 15. Families can take advantage of a special, online-only Family Admission which includes tickets for two adults and two children for $20. The first 50 children to the show on Sunday will receive a free fishing pole. All attendees can participate in free Kids’ Zone activities including face painting, sand art and balloon art.
The Progressive Boat School can also help attendees boost their boating IQ. Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will provide tips and tricks that will help boaters safely enjoy the water.
For tickets and details, visit TampaBoatShow.com.
Friday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Note: In-water area closes at sunset
Thursday, Oct. 12
An exclusive opportunity to view and board all in-water yachts with valet parking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Discounted tickets available for all members of the military with proof of valid ID.
Purchase tickets at TampaBoatShow.com, at the show box office, or by calling 954-441-3220.
Image via Tampa Boat Show Facebook page.
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Originally published Oct 10, 2017.