WHAT: The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show®, presented by Discover Boating, returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center March 2-6, 2022 welcoming nautical novices, seasoned sailors and water lovers an all-access pass to discover why life is better on a boat. With more than 415,000 new boat owners taking to the water in the last two years, demand for boating remains at an all-time high.
After a year hiatus due to COVID, attendees are invited to celebrate the homecoming of this annual boating tradition as they see and shop the most comprehensive selection of boats and gear in the area, learn new skills, and connect with fellow boating enthusiasts.
- See & shop the most comprehensive selection of boat brands and types in the mid-Atlantic region, from offshore fishing boats to family cruisers. The Atlantic City Boat Show is the perfect opportunity to browse, compare and place orders for your first or next boat.
- Gear up for boating season with sales on the newest boating accessories, marine electronics and on-the-water must-haves.
- NEW! Fish with the pros from Goose Hummock,the Northeast’s leading saltwater fishing experts and outfitters. Catch top-notch fishing workshops for beginners and advanced anglers, casting demos atop a 30' fishing tank and check out the top names in saltwater fishing gear, products, and services.
- NEW! Atlantic City Boat Show Conservation Village featuresthe first annual AC Says No to Plastic Clean Water Showcase,featuringlocal school projects that show how reducing plastic will help protect our water resources. Conservation Village will also display a mini beach clean-up station from The Clean Earth Project, and more!
- Free “Boating 101” education for new boaters and experts alike at Fred's Shed How-To Center, featuring tips, advice and practical skills during daily seminars and demos that cover everything from getting started and operating your boat to service, maintenance and more
- Stop by Try it Cove for a full “on the water experience” including paddleboat demos and test rides, the Virtual Fishing Simulator to practice casting, and The America’s Boating Club Boating Skills Virtual Trainer. Open to guests ages 10 years or older.
- Just for kids: Young mariners can splash around a mini lake in a paddleboat or build their own toy boat.
- Give back to the local community by supporting the Captain’s Table Gala on Thursday, March 3rd, hosted by “Let Us Eat, Please” and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
- SkillsUSA contest takes place on Wednesday, March 2 featuring high school students from New Jersey looking to pursue a career in the recreational boating industry. The contest winner earns the right move on to the National Skills USA Contest this summer.
- Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help attendees improve their catch at the Discover Fishing Seminar Series presented by The Recreational Fishing Alliance, The Fisherman Magazine & Goose Hummock. These complimentary sessions cover a variety of topics—from proper rigging for big game fishing to offshore angling to how to land a trophy striper.
- Take a step back in time Antique & Classic Boat Display with boats dating back 66 years. Boats include a restored 1951 wooden Chris Craft Holiday and a 1968 Steven Hydroplane powered by a L-88 427 cubic inch blower engine.
- Watch award winning professional sand sculptor John Gowdy create his next masterpiece as he transforms a pile of sand into an amazing work of art.
U.S. BOATING BY THE NUMBERS*
The U.S. boating boom continues with record 2021 sales and strong momentum in 2022 as more Americans continue returning to and rediscovering the outdoors.
- Interest in boating has never been greater with more than 415,000 first-time boat buyers entering the market and a total of 15.6 million recreational boats in use in 2020.
- The industry saw tremendous growth with boat sales reaching a 13-year high in 2020, which remain at elevated levels.
- New powerboat unit sales in 2021 surpassed 300,000 units; only the second time the industry has hit that number in nearly 15 years (2020 and 2021), closing 2021 an estimated 4 to 6 percent below record highs in 2020 and 7 percent above the five-year sales average.
- New boat sales in 2022 are projected to be on par with record 2020 levels.
- Annual U.S. sales of boats, marine products and services totaled $49.3 billion in 2020, up 14% from 2019.
NEW JERSEY BOATING BY THE NUMBERS*
- Recreational boating has a $6.6 billion annual economic impact in New Jersey, supporting 28,696 jobs and 1,192 small businesses.
- New Jersey ranked 19th in total marine expenditures in 2020.
- New Jersey area marine sales were up 13% in 2020, as consumers spent $506 Million on new powerboats, outboard engines, boat trailers and aftermarket accessories. Dealers are selling new boats as fast as they receive them. As consumer demand continues, the Atlantic City Boat Show is a must-attend event to see and shop the most comprehensive selection of boats in the area and place orders for future fun on the water.