Show Attractions

This year’s Providence Boat Show is a festival of boating, sailing and fishing fun for the entire family! Whether you’re a tournament angler, a dinghy sailor, a family of avid power boaters, or just getting started in boating, you’ll find everything you need to get inspired and feed your interests at this year’s show.

Read on to learn more about Special Events that run all four days of the show. And don’t forget to check out our seminars. These sessions are four days of free education that will net you more enjoyment on the water this summer.

Sea to Table

Sea-to-table demos with local chefs from leading restaurants are back again, and you’ll learn about the best ways to cook your catch at this popular series. Each chef will prepare a favorite dish; participating restaurants include Simone’s (Warren), Simpatico Jamestown, Malt (Newport) and Blaze Village Kitchen (Pawtucket). Not only will you get schooled in cuisine: you can also catch a demo on how to filet a large game fish. So if you love eating seafood, work some sea-to-table time into your schedule. But get there early: these events typically play to a standing-room-only crowd!

Yacht Club Challenge

You don’t have to be the fastest or most skilled competitor to win the Second Annual Providence Boat Show Yacht Club Challenge. You just have to show up en masse, with all your fellow club members. The club that brings the largest group of members and their club burgee to the show for a photo opp will take the prize: a case of Keel Vodka for your club, a perpetual trophy, and a specialty drink from Keel named in honor of your yacht club! Last year Edgewood Yacht Club won with 67 members. Can you top that?

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North Rip Boats Reel Island

If you are a fishing enthusiast, make Reel Island your first waypoint the minute you walk through the show gates. This popular hub for fishing fans makes it easy for you to pursue your biggest passion. Catch our series of Sport Fishing Seminars coordinated by Captain Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters and his team of local anglers. You can also see the new North Rip 30 and test your virtual fishing skills and compete to win the big one in the Verizon Virtual Fishing Tournament.

Visit Island Time

If you want to shake off winter’s chill, head to our new Island Time area and get inspired about travelling to a warm-weather paradise. This new feature of the show—brought to you by the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism and Bitter End Yacht Club—highlights Caribbean chartering destinations, getaway locations, and the unique culture of this island chain. The Caribbean Islands are a paradise for boaters, for not only do they offer some of the most beautiful waters and anchorages; they are also well populated with world-class facilities where you can stay or charter a boat for a week, or longer. One of those world-class locations is the Bitter End Yacht Club, one of the finest watersports resorts of the entire region nestled on 75 acres of land on the British Virgin Island of Virgin Gorda. At Island Time, enter to win an 8-day, 7-night package for two at the Bitter End, including three meals daily and the club’s robust watersports and activities program.

A Hollywood Sea Tale

On January 29th movie goers will rush through theater doors to get their first glimpse at a riveting tale of disaster and heroism at sea in the Disney film, The Finest Hours. But only those individuals who come to the Providence Boat Show on Sunday, February 7 will learn the whole story behind what is known as the Coast Guard’s most daring rescue at sea. Author Michael Tougias—who co-wrote the book on which the film is based—will tell the story behind the story in a rare author appearance at the Providence show on Sunday at noon. Tougias learned about this rescue when he was researching Coast Guard records. In February 1952, a ferocious Nor’easter ripped the 500-foot-long oil tanker Pendleton in half off the Cape Cod coast. Twenty miles away a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, was also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in frigid waters. Adults and young boaters can get the inside story about what happens in this daring rescue at sea. As author Michael Tougias says: “I like to transport the audience into the heart of the storm so they can ask themselves, What would I have done?” Come to the boat show to answer that question for yourself.


If you love being on the water, you are no doubt inspired by the beauty you see all around you, every time you step on board: sunset views, water landscapes, scenic harbors, and even artfully constructed seashells. This year, the Providence Boat show is celebrating local artists who are inspired by the sea and our coastal lifestyle at the ArtSEA Gallery. A group of artists from throughout New England will be at the show with their work, including world-renowned yachting photographer Onne van der Wal. So if you are looking for a piece of art that will bring your love for the water into your home or office, look no farther than the ArtSEA Gallery. This is the second year this popular special feature is included at the Providence Boat Show.

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