Boat Shows in USA

Boat shows are popular with boat owners, renters, and those who simply love boating.

NMMA hosts 16 boat and sport shows throughout the United States. Scheduled for 2016 are boat shows in Atlanta, GA; Atlantic City, NJ; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; New York, NY; and St. Louis, MO. Progressive Insurance has title sponsorship for the events.

The largest is the Miami International Boat Show, which celebrated its 75th year in 2016. Held February 11-15, The Miami Herald reported attendance at 100,000.


Marinas Industry Profile, published in February 2016 by First Research (, estimates there are 3,646 commercial marinas, excluding private yacht clubs, with combined annual revenue of $4 billion. A typical marina has 50 to 100 slips.

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About 40% of marina revenue comes from slip and storage fees, 15% from maintenance, and 10% from fuel sales, 5% from food sales, and 5% from marine equipment sales.

More than 90% of U.S. marina operators have only one location. The largest operators are California Yacht Marina, Flagship Marinas, Marinas International, and Westrec Marinas.

IBISWorld ( assesses the marina business similar to First Research, estimating there are 3,800 marinas in the United States with combined revenue of $4 billion.

Market Resources

Boat Dealers Industry Profile, First Research, February 2016. (

Marinas in the U.S., IBISWorld, May 2016. (

Marinas Industry Profile, First Research, May 2016. (

National Marine Manufacturers Association, 231 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2050, Chicago, IL 60604. (312) 946-6200. (

Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, 500 Montgomery Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314. (703) 519-0013. (

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