Thursday, February 10, 2011

Boat Shows for Valentine's Day

Looking for something romantic to do this Valentine's Day weekend? Why not go to a boat show?

Chaparrals at the Hartford Boat Show. Photo: Andrew Canepari
Don't you just LOVE going to boat shows? We are prepared to get some fan mail from some of our readers who will suggest a few things that are more romantic than a date at a boat show, but think about it... Valentine's Day is an especially wonderful time for a boat show. Where else can you and your loved one stay close to home and spend an afternoon or an evening dreaming of all the fun and romance you can enjoy on your next new boat? You can go to dinner and a movie anytime, but the boat show comes to town only once a year.

We write about all the boat and fishing shows for the weekend each and every Thursday, and we are still in the HEART of the winter boat show season. Therefore this Valentine's Day weekend is literally packed with boat shows - there is bound to be one near you. Let's see where they are...

Boat Shows in the USA
This weekend's domestic boat shows are in St. Louis, Fort Wayne, Lexington, Biloxi, and Detroit - a town that seems like it got a lot more famous, or at least a little more respect, from one of the most popular Super Bowl TV ads that aired last Sunday. This is the Motor City. And this is what we do. Loved it!

Boat Shows Around the World
Boat shows outside the US this weekend include the Goteborg Boat Show, the Eurasia Boat Show, the Helsinki International Boat Show, Boot Holland and the Belgian Boat Show.

Details for all of these boat shows, and other upcoming events, can be found on our boat show calendar.

We've Got Pictures
If you've been following our boat show reports the past few weeks or if you ever check FirstBoat on Facebook, you may have already seen our pics from the Hartford Boat Show, the New York National Boat Show, and the Providence Boat Show.

Coming REAL Soon
If you've already got plans for Valentine's Day weekend, don't despair. There are plenty more boat and fishing shows over the next few weeks, including the big one in Miami next weekend. Here are two more events that we'll be at this month:
Northeast Fishing and Hunting Expo (Hartford)
February 18 - 20, 2011, at the Connecticut Convention Center.
More info at the official show website

New England Boat Show (Boston)
February 26 - March 6, 2011, at the BCEC.
More info at the official show website

Happy Valentine's Day, and Happy Boating!



  1. Almost missed the Boatbuilders Show on Cape Cod.

    Thanks to our friends at for the reminder!

  2. Also forgot the big show in Virginia Beach this weekend, the Mid-Atlantic Sports and Boat Show.

    More info at:

  3. More about the boat show in Virginia by sports writer Lee Tolliver:
    Boat show is a go...