The event was originally scheduled for September 6-8
Delayed by more than a month under threat from Hurricane Dorian, the Tampa Boat Show opens officially on Friday, following a “VIP Sneak Preview” on Thursday evening.
The event, produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and originally scheduled for September 6-8, was cancelled “out of an abundance of caution” when Dorian was expected to make landfall in Florida and wreak havoc across the state.
“While we are disappointed to postpone the event, our main concern is the safety of the boaters, manufacturers and dealers that attend our show,” show manager Kevin Murphy said in a statement at the time of cancellation. “This decision was made to ensure attendees and exhibitors have time to adequately prepare for Hurricane Dorian.”
The largest and longest-running boat show on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Tampa Boat Show will host some 400 boats and accessories on display during the three-day event.
The show is presented at the Tampa Convention Center and its adjacent on-water docks and will feature its first-ever Boating Career Day Friday morning offering an interactive Q&A session with marine professionals and local students interested in learning more about careers in the industry from technicians to manufacturing executives and more.
NMMA has been incorporating Career Days into strategically selected boat shows for the past year as the industry struggles to fill jobs, particularly in the skilled trades.
Additionally, educational opportunities for women, children and boaters of all levels will be offered, including the Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing workshop, Intro to Cruising Catamarans and On-Water Training presented by BoatUS.