What do you get when you cross one of the world’s most scenic harbors with a comprehensive range of domestic and international powerboats and sailboats -- many making their debut? The Newport International Boat Show, of course! Taking place September 15th through 18th, this action-packed event belongs on the calendar of every boat lover.
Chart a Course for Discovery
There are boat shows, and then there’s the Newport International Boat Show. This annual celebration of all things boats, marine equipment, services and accessories is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The event plays host to more than 600 exhibitors, making it the perfect chance to scout out your next yacht or center console.
One of the best things about the Newport International Boat Show? No two years are ever alike. Says show director Nancy Piffard, “Every year we aim to expand and diversify our education programs at the show. By partnering with industry publications and associations, we are able to offer more courses and seminars that are of interest to our attendees. People come to the Newport show from all over the world and we have everything they could possibly want to see or experience, all in one destination!”
It follows that the 2016 Newport International Boat Show will feature plenty of new opportunities for those who would like to learn, including Confidant Captain’s “At the Helm” training program during which novice and experienced powerboaters and sailors learn new boat handling skills or brush up on existing ones under the guidance of a certified captain.
Additionally, the show’s CruiserPort University will offer a breadth and depth of seminars led by world-renowned speakers, including not one but two talks by author and researcher Nigel Calder. You may also choose from an abundance of other educational seminars held throughout the four-day event on everything from beginner women-only powerboating to sailboat crew/first mate skills.
Returning after winning favor with attendees in the past? The 'Newport for New Products' program’s 'People’s Choice Awards,' which encourages participants to cast their vote for the show’s best new boat.
Venture off the show grounds, meanwhile, and there’s plenty more to see, including the first annual Newport Wooden Boat Show....not to mention all of the breathtaking sights and historic sites for which Newport is known.
New Sights at New Heights
This year’s event will also give attendees the chance not only to see the 200-foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, the nation’s newest Tall Ship, but also to board it for the very first time at its dockside location on Perry Mill Wharf.
What makes the Oliver Hazard Perry worth seeing? For starters, there’s its impressive appearance, which comprises 13 story-high rig towers, 19 spars and seven miles of rope and wire engineered by tradesmen using a fusion of modern and traditional rigging techniques. But while the Oliver Hazard Perry may look like an old-time ship from the outside, its sophisticated, steel-hulled design is distinctly 21st century.
Below deck there’s even more to marvel over, including a modern galley and "Great Cabin;" state-of-the-art navigation and communication system; and -- consistent with the ship's mission to provide education-at-sea programs for students -- classroom spaces displaying meteorological data and real-time navigation. There’s even a cutting edge science lab aboard!
We can’t put it better than the Newport International Boat Show does in decreeing that, “If you harbor a passion for boating, there’s only one place to be." Get your tickets today and prepare to be blown (or powered, as the case may be) away by so much to see and do at this one-of-a-kind boat show experience.