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Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show® Drops Anchor February 27 – March 3, 2019

500 Boats for Every Budget Plus New Fishing Friday Event, Expanded Touch-a-Boat Tour for Kids, Fishing Simulator and Virtual Reality Boat Races at the Mid-Atlantic’s Premier Boating Event

2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

 
WHAT:             The Progressive® Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show®docks at the Atlantic City Convention Center February 27-March 3 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 27-March 3, 2017
                        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! Go Fishing Friday Fish Fighting Tournament – On Friday, March 1 from 5:00-7:00pm, fishing fanatics will catch boatloads of fun with the new Go Fishing Friday event. Think you have what it takes to land the winning fish? Stop by the virtual fishing simulator on Friday at 5pm to see fishing pros battle for the bragging rights of Best Angler and register into the tournament for your chance to win a YETI Tundra 45 cooler valued at $299. Plus, enjoy a fish fry, sharpen your angling skills at one of the Discover Fishing seminars, and check out hundreds of fishing boats and thousands of fishing accessories.
  • NEW! #ACBoatShow Scavenger Hunt – Join in the fun of the first-ever #ACBoatShow Scavenger Hunt. Amazing giveaways ranging from new fishing rods and lures to boating gear and accessories will be hidden throughout the Show each weeknight from 5:00-8:00pm, with hints posted on Instagram @acboatshow each day. Be the first to find a prize, and win!
  • NEW! Fishing Simulator – Feel the strike! Watch the rod bend! Experience the pull as your fish runs for the bottom! This interactive fishing simulator is as "reel" as it gets without getting your line wet. Will you land your trophy fish…or just tell the tale of how it got away? Stand shoulder-to-shoulder and enjoy a friendly competition with your fishing partner to see who can land the big one.
  • Expanded Touch-a-Boat Tour for Kids features Sea Tow & Boat U.S. rescue vessels, plus a variety of recreational boats throughout the Show floor. Little skippers can pick up their passport then visit all stops, climb aboard, talk to captains and get a stamp at each stop. Youngsters who visit all stops get a prize!
  • Virtual Reality Boat Races & more at 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 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.
  • Shop, Save & Win Big on “Super Thursday” – Elevate savings, shopping and boat show fun to superstar levels at the annual “Super Thursday” on Thursday, February 28. 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 hotel stays, restaurant certificates and much more courtesy of Meet AC!
  • Tour the “Queen of the Show” –The Galeon 430 Skydeck is a luxurious 43-foot motoryacht with stunning accommodations at every turn.  The retractable sunroof and high-tech helm allow boaters to cruise with ease, and a transformational sundeck creates five completely different entertainment layouts in a matter of seconds. 
  • 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.
  • Boating Career Day takes place February 28 from 9:30-11:00aminviting New Jersey and Philadelphia high school, college and trade school students to participate in keynote and Q&A sessions with a diverse mix of leaders from the factory floor to the executive office discussing recreational boating career tracks, marine technology jobs, vessel operations at work, and how to get hired in the boating industry.
  • Step On & Go at the NEW Indoor Paddle Pool! Dive into paddlesports 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!
  • 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.
  • Support “Let Us Eat, Please” – Did you know 1 in 7 kids in New Jersey are hungry on a regular basis? Help make a difference on Thursday, February 28 at the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show’s Captain’s Table Gala, a special fundraiser for “Let Us Eat, Please” and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, local nonprofits that help deliver meals to kids in need.
  • Annual favorites also return, including Kids Create-a-Boat, Sand Art with John Gowdy, the Classic & Race Boat Display and the Miss GEICO race boat, the world’s fastest catamaran breaking speeds of 200 mph!
           
NATIONAL BOAT SHOW & BOATING INDUSTRY FACTS & FIGURES*
  • The U.S. Boating Industry generates $170.3 billion in economic activity, with 35,000 marine businesses in the U.S. supporting 690,000 direct and indirect jobs.
  • Annual sales are estimated to total $41 billion for 2018, a 5% YOY increase with additional growth on the horizon for 2019.
  • Retail unit sales of new powerboats were up an estimated 4 percent in 2018 to approximately 280,000 units, the highest total since 2007. Leading this growth are wakesports boats, personal watercraft, and pontoon & freshwater fishing boats.
  • 142 million Americans go boating each year.
  • The majority of boaters have a household income of $100,000 or less, and 95 percent of boats in use are less than 26 feet.
  • 95 percent of boats in use in the U.S. are made in the U.S.
NEW JERSEY & PENNSYLVANIA BOATING INDUSTRY FACTS & FIGURES*
  • New Jersey Boat Sales (powerboats, outboard engines, boat trailers and aftermarket accessories)
    • New Jersey ranks #19 in the U.S. with a spend of $394,289,758 in 2017, up 10.1% from 2016.
    • New boat sales in NJ have been growing for the past 5 consecutive years and were up 3% R12M YOY through June 2018.
    • New boat sales in Atlantic City have been growing for the past year and were up 9% through June 2018.
  • New Jersey Boat Registrations: New Jersey has 153,372 registered boats, up 2% from 2016. 
  • New Jersey annual economic impact from recreational boating is $6.6 Billion, with nearly 1,200 boating businesses providing more than 28,000 direct and indirect jobs.
  • Pennsylvania annual economic impact from recreational boating is $3.8 Billion providing 18,355 direct and indirect jobs in the industry.
 
*Source: National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)
 
TICKETS:         $16 for adults; children 12 and under get in FREE. Buy advance tickets online at ACBoatShow.com.
Weds, Feb. 27 only: Military & First Responders get $3 off tickets; US Power Squadron & US Coast Guard Auxiliary members get in FREE with valid identification.
 
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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