2018 Hartford Boat Show This Weekend

Now in its 49th year, the Hartford Boat Show features the newest boats on the market, including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and ski boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, paddle boats and boards in addition to fishing gear and tackle, marinas and boatyards, other marine services and boating accessories. Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) the show is open to the public February 8-11 at the Connecticut Convention Center, and will feature over 125 exhibitors, 400 boats and watercraft, as well as educational seminars, boating personality appearances, and demonstration areas.


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Show Highlights

Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) and powered by Evinrude, The Hartford Boat Show will feature 125 exhibitors, over 400 boats and watercraft and a full slate of educational sessions presented by the Three Belles Outfitters, Black Hawk Fishing Charters, Blackhall Outfitters, and the New England Science and Sailing Foundation (NESS), with session topics rotating and repeating throughout show hours, Thursday, February 8 to Sunday, February 11. Participation in the educational sessions is open to all Hartford Boat Show visitors, included in admission.


  • Black Hawk Fishing Charters of Niantic will be presenting sessions covering “Ten Top Tips to Catch More Fluke, Seabass & Cod. Also out of Niantic, Three Belles Outfitters will present “Intro to Kayak Fishing,” “The Power of Sonar – Kayak Fishing,” and “Catch Monster Striped Bass from a Kayak.”


  • In the 800-square-foot Paddler’s Paradise Demo Pool, Blackhall Outfitters from Old Lyme will be conducting live demonstrations of paddleboard tips and tricks with a “This is Easy!” session geared toward beginners, “Paddling with your Feet?,” which will introduce the new Malibu PDL recreational kayak, “Stand-Up Kayak Fishing,” and will also provide instruction on “Kayak Fishing Rigging Techniques and Outfitting your Boat.”


  • Outboard Engine Basics classes will be presented by the NESS. As an ocean adventure nonprofit that provides STEM-based education programs, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life, the group will also conduct two sessions on Using Boating for STEM Education.


  • The emphasis on education and training continues in The Hartford Boat Show’s new Windows to the Future section sponsored by Renewal by Andersen, which has been designed to showcase marine trades training programs from throughout the state. Students from Thompson Public School District’s boat building program will be constructing a small wood boat within the area, and The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), NESS, and Cedar Island Marine Research Lab will also be featured. Students from The Sound School of New Haven and several of the state’s technical school automotive departments have been invited as well. On Saturday February 10 and Sunday February 11, kids visiting the show are welcome to join in some Hands-On Fun in the Windows to the Future area and try their hands at boat building kit activities.


Exhibitor Listing