The 2014 Rhode Island Boat Show will take place the weekend of May 3-4 in 4 coastal venues—Bristol, Jamestown, Wakefield and Warwick—and will feature boats, experts and activities for all ages, both on and off the water.
“Early May is the perfect time to travel the coast and see the boats on the market for the coming season,” said Jonathan Banks of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), which manages the show. “Experienced boaters, families and even those who’ve never stepped foot on a boat before can see the fleet of sail and powerboats, have fun skill-building on the water, and spend quality time with experts who can help boaters make the right buying decisions.”
Now in its 4th year, organizers have added new attractions to expand the appeal of this statewide event. Out-of-state visitors can also use the show as a way to explore the Ocean State as a boating destination, including its no-sales-tax policy on boats and boating services.
Special appearance: Captain Ralph Wilkins of the TV series Wicked Tuna will be at the Warwick and Wakefield venues on Saturday, and in Jamestown on Sunday morning.
On-water clinics with professional instructors will be held throughout the weekend at 2 venues. The 60-minute, hands-on sessions are geared towards individuals looking for an introduction to sailing or powerboating, as well as those who want to sharpen their docking and maneuvering skills. Showgoers interested in honing their sailing skill should head to Jamestown to set sail with instructors from Narragansett Sailing. Confident Captain will run a series of powerboating clinics at the Warwick venue on boats provided by the Freedom Boat Club. Clinics are $25 and pre-registration is required. Go to Rhode Island Boat Clinics and Registration here.
This year’s show will feature its first Marine Consignment Weekend, organized by Salty Dog Marine Supply at the Bristol venue. Many boaters have gear and equipment they no longer need or use, and other boaters are happy to purchase that gear at discounted prices. Boaters with marine gear to sell can deliver it to Salty Dog Marine Supply so it can be sold during the weekend.
Other attractions include a chance to try surfing on dry land on a SURFSET board, a total-body surf trainer designed to simulate the physical demands of surfing; an opportunity to see amphibious technology from Sealegs that transforms a powerful all-terrain vehicle into a high-speed powerboat; a chance to meet young boatbuilders from Tiverton High School, see their latest projects, and participate in fun attractions for young mariners; and knot-tying lessons for all ages with the Sea Scouts.
Boat Show Information:
- Dates: May 3-4
- Times: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Cost: Admission and parking are free.
Bristol (Bristol Marine, 99 Poppasquash Road)
Jamestown (Conanicut Marine Services, 1 East Ferry Wharf)
Wakefield (Silver Spring Marine, 362 Pond Street)
Warwick (Brewer Greenwich Bay Marina, 1 Masthead Drive)
- For more information go to the Rhode Island Boat Show website, call (401-396-9619) or vistit the Facebook page for updates.