Hartford Boat Show returns in January

ESSEX, Conn. – The Hartford Boat Show, powered by Evinrude, will dock at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on January 28 through January 31, 2016. Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA), the show will feature over 125 exhibitors and 200 boats and watercraft. The 47th annual event has expanded and in 2016 will now cover two floors of the Convention Center.

“Moving back to our former dates in late January puts the Boat Show between the playoffs and the Super Bowl. It’s perfect timing for our exhibitors and the visitors who are looking to plan their spring and summer water activities and purchases,” said Kathleen Burns, executive director of the CMTA.

In addition to Evinrude being the Official Sponsor of the 2016 Harford Boat Show, The CT Buick GMC Dealers are the Official Vehicle and Helly Hansen are the Official Apparel supporters of the event. Products being exhibited at the show include boats, jet skis, personal watercraft, paddle sports, kayaks, marinas, motors, slip rentals, servicing, fishing gear and tackle, educational programs and materials, insurance, trailers, electronics, sanitation, air conditioning, real estate, attire, nautical home décor, decking, dock building, winter storage, and financing.

“Now that we have expanded the show to the second level of the convention center, we have the opportunity to include more demonstration areas and special activities, and to expand the merchandise exhibited, to feature more sail and paddle sports, as well as a broader range of power and fishing boats,” Burns continued.

Thursday, January 28 has been designated as Industry Day at the show with opening ceremonies scheduled for 3:45 p.m. An industry career fair, CMTA scholarship award ceremony and live demonstrations in the Paddler’s Paradise Pool highlight the day, with the show open 4 p.m to 9 p.m.

Ticket sales for The Hartford Boat Show open on December 15 at www.hartfordboatshow.com. General admission is $12, with children under 12 admitted free. Pre-show online tickets are $10 and a new two-day pass is being introduced at $18, which will allow access to the show any two days.

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