If it Floats, it Could be a Boat!

Wooden Luxury Tender at Monaco

Do you know the difference between a “boat” and “ship”? I do, I think. A few years ago, I was told, when I incorrectly referred to a cruise liner as a “boat,” that there is a very distinct difference. It is simple; a ship is something that is big enough to carry a boat. Although I didn’t really want to enter into a long discussion, I did find that a little too simple. For one reason I was never really sure what constituted a “boat”. Is there a difference when you have a fishing boat (notice I said boat) and it carries a small dingy, does that make the fishing boat a fishing ship? It is just too confusing for me, especially when I get to a boat show. I mean it says “boat” show in the name right? So how come some of these look like they could carry 2 or 3 boats on them. This is especially true of what are known as “In-Water” boat shows. For the sake of our discussion and the fact that this weeks’ shows are all indoor, we will skip the “in-water” category.

Boats or ships are something I really like to see on display. I don’t live in the luxury world of yachts and I don’t fish as much these days as I did years ago so looking at boats at the shows is really fun for me. Everything showcased on the floor is all new and clean.  And an added bonus is that nothing smells like fish, yet. Well, if the show has one of those giant fish tanks where you can try out new fishing rods, then that might actually smell like fish.  But overall you get to walk around beautiful boats and find out what’s new in the fishing and boating industry. And just like the bridal shows last week and the RV shows the week before, it may not be exactly something that you will ever need or buy, but it can still be really fun.

So in this delightfully cold weather, when water sports can be a distant memory boat shows are the order of the day. Why not head on over to one near you? Grab the rug rats and landlubbers lying around your house and head out onto the snowy roads. A little summer time sneak peak might be just the excursion you need this weekend. I am positive that a great many readers will be unable to attend these exact shows on this list due to geographic restrictions, but there are still plenty of boat shows going on all over. Just use the search box above and find out what shows are sailing into your area this week.


C.M.T.A. Hartford Boat and Fishing Show

Jan 23, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

Connecticut Convention Center Hartford, CT06103

Since 1969, all makes and models of boats, up to 100 exhibitors, marine accessories and the latest electronics, fishing equipment and accessories.

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West Central Nebraska RV, Boat and Sports Show

Jan 24, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

Buffalo County Fairgrounds Kearney, NE68847

Since 1991. Entire building is filled with exhibitors showcasing all types of boats, RV’s, equipment and other sports related merchandise.

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Pittsburgh Boat Show

Jan 23, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

Monroeville Convention Center Monroeville, PA15146

Since 1961. 100 exhibitors with boats, related equipment, products and services pertaining to marine activities
30,000 Attendees

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Oklahoma City Winter Boat Show

Jan 23, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

Fairgrounds at State Fair Park Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Since 1959, 100 vendors of boats, boating accessories, fishing and sports equipment, special children’s area with exciting games, snacks and trout pond.
25,000 Attendees

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East Texas Outdoor Expo

Jan 24, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex Longview, TX75601

Since 1982. The East Texas Outdoor Expo is the largest boat and travel Expo east of I-35. The Expo creates a marketplace for buyers and sellers of the boating, camping and outdoor activities industry. The event also provides an outstanding way to market a positive image of the hunter, the angler and the outdoors person by demonstrating how the groups contribute both environmentally and economically to a healthy East Texas. The Hayes RV Center Kids Adventure Camp will give children a place to experience hands-on outdoor activities, education demonstrations and learn basic outdoor skills. The camp will be organized in conjunction with the GreggCounty 4-H Club and the Agriculture Extension Office. RandH Machine Food Court will be located inside the main hall of Maude Cobb. Food, Drinks and Beer will be available for purchase. All EXPO activities will be centrally located off of MaudeCobbActivityCenter.
10,000 Attendees

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Upstate South Carolina Boat Show

Jan 23, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

TD Convention Center Greenville, SC29607

Since 1971, Over 100 exhibitors displaying the latest models of boats and related vehicles, equipment and accessories.
25,000 Attendees

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Jacksonville Boat Show

Jan 24, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

Prime F. Osborne III Convention Center Jacksonville, FL32204

Since 1948, show with 90 exhibitors with boats, products and services pertaining to boats.There will be a large variety of boats on display, from skiing, fishing, cruisers, personal watercrafts and more! The first 100 kids will receive free life jackets, and there will be fun activities for the kids all day!
15,000 Attendees

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Milwaukee Boat Show

Jan 17, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

Wisconsin State Fair Park West Allis, WI53214

Since 1990. The finest displays of the newest boats retailed in the region will be on display at the one Boat Show that all boating enthusiasts know to attend. This is Wisconsin’s largest boating exposition with over 300 boats from over 75 manufacturers – motor yachts, runabouts, aluminum boats, pro style fishing rigs, pontoon boats, cruisers…you name it! Wakeboarding, cruising, sunning, fishing or just hanging out on the water…all are facets of the boating lifestyle and the Milwaukee Boat Show is a celebration of just that.
20,000 Attendees

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Fredericksburg Boat Show

Jan 24, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014

Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center Fredericksburg, VA22401

Since 2006, The Boat Show is the place to get show only specials on Power boats, fishing boats, pontoons, kayaks, canoes, personal water crafts and much more. Beat the winter blahs and get into the summer mode by visiting the show where some of the area’s largest dealers and boat related companies will be there to give you the best deal of the season. Check out the new products before you head to the water.


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