Providence Boat Show Starts Thursday
January 8, 2012
The 19th annual Providence Boat Show starts Thursday, January 12, and runs through Sunday, January 15, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
From powerboats to sailboats, kayaks to inflatables, the show features 150 exhibitors displaying over 200 vessels from 8’ to 40’. There are also 100 booths displaying a variety of electronics, engines, accessories and services, including financing, insurance, storage, repair and maintenance. In addition, there will be door prizes and giveaways.
New this year is a live trout fishing exhibit. A freshwater “pond” stocked with hundreds of live trout will be installed on the main floor of the Convention Center, ready for visitors to practice catch and release. Rods and bait will be provided, along with instruction and helpful hints.
In addition to the usual free boating and fishing seminars, this year’s show will feature a series of DIY workshops that will save boaters time and money, and explain which maintenance jobs need professional help. Seminars and workshops run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
DIY topics include:
- Outboard Engines (Lower Unit Repair/Spring Commissioning)
- Finishes (Anti-Fouling Paint/Topside, Brightside & Urethane/Gelcoat)
- Electrical Circuits
- Gas Fuel Injection
- Diesel Engines Maintenance
At each of the new Maintenance Workshops, marine product samples will be distributed to early arrivals and all workshop attendees will have a chance to win a GPS from Kellogg Marine Supply. A complete schedule and details about all the DIY Workshops and Marine Seminars is available here: Workshops and Seminars.
- Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Friday: Noon to 9:00
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9:00
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5:00
- Regular admission $10 at the door, with teens and children 16 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
- Advance discounted tickets are available on-line and military personnel with a valid ID receive half price tickets at the gate, all 4 days of the show.
- Also new this year, licensed anglers (anyone holding a current state or federal fishing license) will receive half-price tickets online or at the gate.