Largest boat show in six years launches in Tampa

A look outside to the harbor and docks.

A look outside to the harbor and docks.

Alexis Muellner
Editor- Tampa Bay Business Journal


The 2014 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show is on through Sept. 7 and hosts more than 200 exhibitors and 500 boats for sale.

It is a 10 percent larger show than 2013 and the biggest in six years, a statement said.

The show, at the Tampa Convention Center and docks, is designed to showcase the marine industry’s newest boats and accessories.

It’s also a buying opportunity. At the event, there are deals on boats and marine accessories and electronics from well-known regional dealers.

The industry supports nearly 1,500 boating-related businesses in Florida, and generated nearly $2 billion in sales last year, the release said.

The show includes boating lessons on the Bay and dozens of seminars, plus live entertainment and a party barge. That includes one- and three-hour power boating workshops. Topics range from basic docking and boating safety to open water boat handling and anchoring.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, a top trade association representing a large portion of the recreational boating industry, produces the annual show.

Alexis Muellner is Editor of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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