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Fall boat shows round out the season

Boaters from Boston to Annapolis can catch an autumn boat show close to home

Boaters from Boston to Annapolis can catch an autumn boat show close to home

As summer slowly begins to wind down, many boaters will scramble to make their final voyages before it gets cold and they have to decommission their vessels for the season.

One way to escape the impending winter doldrums is to visit one, or maybe a few, of the many fall boat shows this year. To name just a few, shows on tap include the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, Norwalk (Conn.) International In-Water Boat Show, Boston International In-Water Boat Show, New York/New Jersey International Boat Show and United States Sailboat and Powerboat Shows.

One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the Newport International Boat Show is scheduled for Sept. 15 to 18. Now in its 35th year the show will feature more than 600 sail- and powerboats, and about 800 exhibitors. Activities will take place on more than 14 acres along America’s Cup Avenue, stretching from the Newport Yachting Center to the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. Boats will range from 16 to 85 feet.

The show will also feature a number of demonstrations, speakers, workshops and family activities. For more information, call (401) 846-1115 or go to

The 30th annual Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show will take place Sept. 22 to 25 at the Norwalk Cove Marina. More than 750 new boats will be on display, including motor and sailing yachts, sportfishers, performance boats, PWCs, inflatables as well as engines, electronics, marine accessories and fishing gear.

Highlights of the show will be seminars produced by Northeast Angling, free boat-buying advice from the Discover Boating Center and a performance by Twiggy, a water-skiing squirrel. Attendees will be able to try scuba diving in a 26,000-gallon pool provided by the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association. Children under 12 get in free. For more details, go to

The Boston International In-Water Boat Show, now in its seventh year, will be held Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 at the World Trade Center on Boston Harbor. The show will feature more than 500 sail- and powerboats, hardware, engines and accessories in 200 in-water and 300 indoor displays.

There will also be daily clinics from leading professionals on topics like navigation, sailing and electronics. Children under 12 get in free to this show, too. For more information, visit

Taking place Oct. 6 to 9 is the fourth annual New York/New Jersey International Boat Show, located at the Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, N.J. Attendees will be able to check out many new boats at the 600-slip marina as well as views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

The show will feature more than 40,000 square feet of indoor boat displays and live entertainment. More information is available at

The 36th annual United States Sailboat Show will take place Oct.7 to 9 this year at the Naval Academy Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The show will feature new racing and cruising boats, as well as a selection of dinghies and inflatables. An array of sailing equipment, rigging and accessories will be on hand and there will be what organizers call the “world’s largest” multihull display.

The 34th annual United States Powerboat Show, to be held Oct. 14 to 15, will also take place at the Naval Academy Stadium. A collection of new motoryachts, trawlers, high-performance and fishing boats will be on display. A feature will be TrawlerPort, a series of trawler displays, seminars and social events, sponsored by PassageMaker magazine.

For information about the shows, visit

Other fall boat shows include the Tobay Beach In-Water Boat Show ( held Sept. 30 to Oct. 10 in Babylon, N.Y.