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Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show® Drops Anchor February 28 – March 4, 2018

500 boats for every budget plus new features including the Touch-a-Boat Tour for Kids, WaterCar and Virtual Reality Boat Races at the Mid-Atlantic’s premier boating event

2/5/2018 12:00:00 AM

WHAT:             The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show®docksat the Atlantic City
Convention Center February 28-March 4 with more than 500 boats and activities to give lifelong boating enthusiasts and novices alike an all-access pass to discover why life is better with a boat. Serious shoppers will benefit from “Super Thursday” deals on boats and accessories as they shop, compare and find competitive deals on hundreds of the latest boats and thousands of new technologies. With everything from kayaks and personal watercraft to sportfishers and watersports boats, as well as new boats that can be financed for less than $250 a month, there is a boat for every lifestyle and budget at the Show.
 
WHEN:             Wednesday – Sunday, February 28-March 4, 2018
                        Wednesday – Friday: 11:00am-8:00pm
                        Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm
                        Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm
 
WHERE:           Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
 
 
SHOW HIGHLIGHTS            
  • NEW Touch-a-Boat Tour features actual working vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard, Sea Tow and a variety of recreational boats throughout the Show floor. Little skippers can climb aboard, talk to captains, snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life on the high seas. Plus, youngsters who want to take their boating to the next level can participate in the Jr. Captains Program, a boating skills and safety education program developed by the Annapolis School of Seamanship to teach valuable first mate line handling skills such as tying a cleat hitch, throwing a line over a piling and becoming familiar with onboard safety and communication equipment.
  • Check out the NEW WaterCar, the luxury amphibious vehicle that drives on land and on water! With a transition time of less than 15 seconds from driving on land to cruising on the water, the WaterCar is built for endless fun and ultimate ease.
  • Boat hop and shop magnificent motor yachts, tricked out runabouts, serious center consoles and watersports boats galore with nearly 500 different vessels to inspire an unforgettable summer on the water. With a full selection of boats for every budget and lifestyle, including boats that can be financed for less than $250 a month, there is no better place to shop and compare boats side by side.
  •  Tour the “Queen of the Show” –the Regulator 41 is 47-foot offshore fishing machine with every luxury you need to entertain friends and family with ease. Huge livewell and fishbox capacity, incredible deck space, and patented starboard boarding and dive door are complimented by a deluxe cabin featuring a convenient galley kitchen, double berth, spacious head and shower. The air-conditioned helm, Seakeeper stabilization system and technologies including joystick docking and driving make this sportfisher worthy of the title of Queen. 
  • NEW! Progressive® Boat Club: In this interactive space, attendees can boost their nautical know-how with top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship teaching hands-on boating courses for all levels of experience. Visitors can also try Progressive’s NEW Oculus Rift virtual reality experience, putting themselves at the helm of a virtual boat race. Plus, attendees can chat with a Progressive expert to ask any questions about boating coverages or get a free quote
  •  The first official NJ Boating Career Day takes place March 1 from 9:30-10:30aminviting New Jersey and Philadelphia high school, college and trade school students to chart a career in the recreational boating industry.
  •   Shop, Save & Win Big on “Super Thursday” – Elevate savings, shopping and boat show fun to superstar levels at our annual “Super Thursday” on Thursday, March 1. Super Thursday specials include even deeper savings on the best in boating, plus $5 off after 5 p.m. on tickets, discounted parking, food & drink specials, and exclusive giveaways from concert tickets to Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper to hotel stays, restaurant certificates and much more courtesy of Meet AC!
  • Step on & Go at the NEW Indoor Paddle Pool! Dive into paddleports fun at the new 20x30 foot indoor paddle pool with trials and demos of stand up “pedal” boards, kayaks and more thanks to Fin-atics Marine in Ocean City, NJ!
  •  Take a step back in time at the Classic & Race Boat Display featuring a restored 1951 wooden Chris-Craft Holiday and a 1968 Steven Hydroplane race boat – one of just three such boats in existence, powered by a L-88 427 cubic inch engine, plus more.
  •  Catch more fish at Discover Fishing sessions by the Recreational Fishing Association, The Fisherman magazine and Canyon Runner Sportfishing. Fishing fans will learn expert tips and techniques on saltwater, freshwater, inshore and offshore fishing from the pros.
  •  Hands-on learning  The show’s educational opportunities are unparalleled, including:
    • The United States Power Squadron® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer sets boaters out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more.
    • Every boater can become the sharpest tool in the Shed at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, a real-life boat repair shop hosting DIY sessions to teach visitors everything they need to know about engine maintenance and repair.
  •  Support “Let Us Eat, Please” – Did you know 1 in 5 kids in New Jersey are hungry? Help make a difference on Thursday, March 1, at The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show’s Captain’s Table Gala, a special fundraiser for “Let Us Eat, Please” and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, local nonprofits that help deliver meals to kids in need. Plus, stop by the Let Us Eat Please kiosk and donate a dollar for the chance to win a Deluxe Fishing Trip from Canyon Runner (a $1,000 value)!
  • Annual favorites also return, including Kids Create-a-Boat, Sand Art and the Miss GEICO race boat, the world’s fastest catamaran breaking speeds of 200 mph!
           
BOAT SHOW & BOATING INDUSTRY FACTS & FIGURES*
More stats and historic facts available on request
  • Annual U.S. consumer spending on boats, marine products and services totaled $36 billion in 2016 and are expected to have climbed three percent in 2017 to $37 billion.
  • U.S. sales of new powerboats in 2017 are estimated to o increase 6 percent and exceed 260,000 units with continued sales growth of 5-6 percent expected in 2018.
  •  There are approximately 35,000 businesses in the recreational boating industry, the majority of which are small businesses. These businesses support an estimated 650,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country.
  •  New boat sales in New Jersey have been growing for the past 3 consecutive years and were up 10.2% R12M YOY through June 2017.
  • New boat sales in Atlantic City have been growing for the past 2 consecutive years and were up 26.1% in 2016.
  •  New Boat sales in Philadelphia, including Wilmington, PA and Trenton, NJ, have been growing for the past 6 consecutive years and were up 7.2% in 2016.
  • The total annual economic impact in the state of New Jersey is $2.2 Billion.
  • The number of direct and indirect maritime jobs in New Jersey totals 11,939.
  • Recreational boats are uniquely American made – 95 percent of the boats sold in the U.S. are made in the U.S.
  • 95 percent of boats on the water are small in size, measuring less than 26 feet in length – boats that can be trailered by a vehicle to local waterways.
TICKETS:         $16 for adults; children 12 and under get in FREE
                        Buy advance tickets online at ACBoatShow.com
 
WEB:               Visit ACBoatShow.com for full details, plus stay tuned to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute information, giveaways and more #ACBoatShow
 
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About the Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show®:The Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit www.nmma.org.
 
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