Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Tampa Boat Show Rescheduled

Potential impact of Hurricane Irma forces organizers to postpone event. New dates are October 13-15, 2017. 

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) put out the following statement yesterday, and it was the right thing to do. Take a look at this image from the National Hurricane Center and you'll see the Tampa area could face over 60 mph winds on Saturday, which would typically be the boat show's busiest day. As of this post, the Category 5 hurricane, which some news outlets are saying is the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, is delivering 185 mph winds across the Caribbean.The Florida Keys are currently being evacuated as the storm is on track to hit the Sunshine State this weekend.


Progressive® Insurance Tampa Boat Show® Postponed Due to Hurricane Irma

Out of an abundance of caution and to protect the safety of our exhibitors, partners, and attendees, NMMA has postponed the Progressive® Insurance Tampa Boat Show to October 13 - 15 as Hurricane Irma potentially threatens the Tampa region. The show was originally scheduled for this weekend, September 8 - 10, 2017.

“While we are disappointed to postpone the event, our main concern is for the safety of the boaters, manufacturers and dealers that attend our show,” said Kevin Murphy, show manager. “This decision was made to ensure attendees and exhibitors have time to adequately prepare for Hurricane Irma.”

OCTOBER 13-15, 2017
Friday: 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–6:00pm
Note: In-water area closes at sunset
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Pre-purchased tickets will be honored during the new dates. 
Please visit with questions.

Members, colleagues and stakeholders in the path of Hurricane Irma, please stay safe. You and your families are in our thoughts.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Free Boating App Has Hurricane Heads Up

BoatUS released a timely new feature on its app to provide hurricane alerts in addition to many other useful tools for boaters. Details are provided in the following press release from BoatUS...

Boat US App with Hurricane Alerts

In addition to helping any recreational boater call for a tow or soft ungrounding; get tide, weather, and marine conditions; or share your location with friends and family, the New BoatUS App now offers a hurricane-alert feature just in time for peak storm season. To download the free updated app, go to

“Download the new app, sign up for a free account and you’ll automatically be notified with detailed storm information each time NOAA begins tracking one headed your way,” said BoatUS Digital Innovation Manager Mike Vatalaro. “As the storm nears, you’ll get more frequent updates, or you can choose to silence them. It all depends on your needs for implementing your boat’s hurricane plan.”

In addition to water dispatch, the app is the fastest way to summon roadside assistance for a flat tire or other troubles while you’re trailering your boat. BoatUS has more than 13,000 roadside-assistance service providers ready to safely handle boat-trailer breakdowns.

The app also helps BoatUS members find discounts on fuel, transient slips, and marine services, but now makes it easier to file an insurance claim, update policy or membership information, or pay bills.

As the Boat Owners Auto Club, BoatUS offers TowBoatUS on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for freshwater boaters and anglers for just $72 a year and $149 for saltwater, and both include BoatUS membership. The TowBoatUS towing fleet offers more than 300 locations and 600 towing assistance vessels across North America. BoatUS Unlimited Trailer Assist provides up to 100 miles of on-road towing for both tow vehicles and boat trailers for just $38 annually and includes BoatUS membership.