Newport Boat Show continues expansion

NEWPORT, R.I. – Organizers of the Newport International Boat Show, now in its 37th year, are optimistic that every space will be filled when the show begins Sept 13.

This year, the show is expanding with the addition of a new exhibit dock along the southern edge of the event that will feature Formula Boats. The land area along Bowen’s Wharf will be filled with the classic boats – as well as new debuts – of Chris-Craft. A growing number of Down East boats will be in the Bannister’s Wharf basin and more luxury yachts in the 65 – 85 foot range will be seen throughout the show, organizers said.

There will also be a new Demo Dock at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina that allows buyers to set an appointment to test drive boats at the show. More than a hundred previously-owned boats are expected at the Newport Brokerage Boat Show just across the harbor at the Newport Shipyard.

More than 850 exhibitors with over 700 boats ranging in size from 16 to 85 feet are expected to be on display. One of the five largest in-water boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show covers over 15 acres.

The producers of the Newport International Boat Show and publishers of Cruising World, Power Cruising and Sailing World magazines, have again joined forces to make “Newport for New Products” – the show’s new product program – the official venue for U.S. debuts of all new boats and boating products. Together they have established an industry-wide promotion that will recognize the “Best New Sailboat”, “Best New Powerboat” and “Best New Boating Product” being introduced for the new model year at the NIBS show. All program entries will be featured in special sections of the three magazines and highlighted at the show. Already, a total of 40 new boats and products are entered in the program to make their official debut at Newport!

“Newport for New Products has been a focus for the Newport International Boat show for years,” said Nancy Piffard, show director. “Starting last year, with the partnership of Cruising World, Power Cruising and Sailing World, we’ve brought this program to a much higher level, giving the exhibitor and their new product the exposure they so rightly deserve. It is a win/win situation for the show, the publications, the participants, and the attendees looking for the latest and greatest of the new season.”

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