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By Rebecca Keister
PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Boat Show is expanding to five venues for its third year, its organizers announced Wednesday, in a move to increase its showcasing of the Ocean State as a recreational boating destination that also houses a varied group of boating businesses, facilities and products.
The event began in 2011 with one venue and expanded to three for its second year in 2012.
“The event was simply a way to say, ‘We are open for business,’” Ryan Miller, owner of Latitude Yacht Brokerage of Newport and one of the show’s founders, said in a statement. “Now that the economy has corrected itself, we have the opportunity to really showcase what Rhode Island has to offer recreational boaters.”
The third annual Rhode Island Boat is scheduled for May 4 and 5 in Bristol, Jamestown, Middletown, Wakefield and Warwick. Each venue offers free admission and parking as well as the opportunity to see boats on land and in the water, meet industry experts, learn about gear and equipment, and the state’s boating lifestyle.
Miller said the show benefits boaters of all levels and that some venues will include opportunities to get out on the water with classes and clinics conducted by Discover Boating.
“We want people to come to this boat show from throughout the southern New England region – to enjoy themselves and explore why Rhode Island should be their boating home,” said Wendy Mackie, CEO of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, in a statement.
The show will be held at Bristol Marine & Fleet Yacht Sales in Bristol; Conanicut Marine Services & Latitude Yacht Brokerage in Jamestown; West Marine in Middletown; Silver Spring Marine in Wakefield; and Marinemax & Brewer Greenwich Bay Marina in Warwick.