Providence Boat Show Update
January 15, 2011
New England Boating’s editor Tom Richardson stopped by the Providence Boat Show on Friday to check out the happenings and snap a few photos. Here’s his report:
Things were pretty quiet at the show, but that’s to be expected at 2:00 on a Friday afternoon. Traffic should pick up this weekend given the good weather forecast, and it’ll no doubt help that the Patriots game is late Sunday.
Strangely enough, the Edgewood Yacht Club was one of the first booths I encountered at the show. The historic Yacht Club building in Cranston had burned to the ground just 3 days earlier, as we reported on New England Boating, and I was amazed to see they had a booth at the show. I spoke with Commodore Jeff Lamphear, who was remarkably upbeat. Naturally, he and the other members of the club were crushed by the fire, which claimed many irreplaceable items, but are also looking ahead to rebuilding. Lamphear added that he was touched by the outpouring of support by members of the local boating community.
While the Providence Show is small by boat show standards, there’s still a great deal to see, plus you don’t feel overwhelmed. It gives the exhibitors who attend the show a certain advantage, as attendees tend to spend more time discussing and examining the products.
Fishing boats in the 20- to 30-foot range are the most prominently featured boats at the show, and there are plenty of models on hand from Pursuit, North Coast, Regulator, Boston Whaler, Edgewater, Tideline, Key Largo and more. I also noticed a preponderance of pontoon boats this year. In the cruising boat arena, you’ll find Sea Rays, Albins and Four-Winns.
Beneteau, Hunter, and the Multihull Source are a few of the sailboat manufacturers that are displaying models at the show, and there are several kayaks from Hobie. PWC’s, dinghies, aluminum boats from Lund and inflatables are also on display.
There’s a whole host of products and services as well, ranging from Confident Captain boating courses, to Hogy and 9ER fishing lures to Sterling Assoc. boat financing. TowBoatU.S. has a really neat display featuring one of their super RIBs.
My 7- and 5-year-old children had a blast at the Bass Federation Nation booth, where they learned to flipping and other bass-fishing techniques and got some pointers from the experts. There are numerous free seminars at the show this weekend, many involving fishing techniques.
The boat show continues through Sunday at the Convention Center in downtown Providence, juts off Rte. 95. It’s pretty easy to find. Admission is $10; children 12 and under get in free.
To read more and see more photos from the show:
Daily Boater from FirstBoat
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