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The 2019 Newport International Boat Show: Contests, Tips, and Talking Shop

Post by Becky at Dockwa - Published on 9/6/19 3:00 PM

It's almost here! The 2019 Newport Boat Show returns September 12 - 15, and the Dockwa team will be there in full force. 

The Newport Boat Show returns next week! Come by the Dockwa booth to earn dockage credit and talk shop with the team. 

The Newport International Boat Show, also affectionately known as NIBS, returns September 12 for its 49th year. The show covers more than 13 acres of Newport's downtown waterfront, starting on Commercial Wharf – the home of Dockwa HQ. Read on for our quick list of things to do, favorite exhibitors, and upcoming Dockwa antics. 

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#NIBS2019: Everyone's a Winner!

No need to be coy: everyone loves some good boat show swag. The Dockwa team will be holding down the fort on Commercial Whar, per usual on Commercial Wharf. Show us your Dockwa boater profile on your iPhone or Android, and you'll get an ecstatic high-fives from at least Becky.

  • Spin the #NIBS2019 Dockwa prize wheel at our booth at Gate 2 – everyone's a winner!

  • Enter our big honkin' giveaway for a chance to win $500 in Dockwa Dollars valid for free dockage at any Dockwa Partner Marina – see below.

  • Win more wheel-spins with some fun challenges, new this year. 

  • Free temporary tattoos of our famous mooring ball logo, by special request from some of our smaller fans.

NIBS-centric Events

Talk to us, Goose. 

  • Swing by to talk shop with Dockwa team members all weekend long. We're a fun group, but we're not just playing dinghy-flingy here: be ready to tell us why you love boating and what feedback you have about Dockwa.

  • For anyone headed into town early, swing by Dockwa Happy Hour at Marina Pub from 5-7pm on Wednesday.

  • For Dockwa Marina Managers, come by Bowen's Wharf from 5:30-7:30pm for an 100% guaranteed fabulous sundowner. 

We'll also be attending industry cocktail hours, panels, and workshops, and cruising around town after hours to catch up with boaters, marina managers, and industry pals. Hoping to chat with someone in particular on the Dockwa team? Drop a line to becky@dockwa.com and we'll coordinate a rendezvous.


Enter to win the #NIBS2019 Giveaway for $500 in free dockage at Dockwa Partner Marinas!




Find your new boat's future home

Boat shows are the perfect opportunity to get quality time with marina managers and staff. They're here to talk to you, as opposed to if you were to drive to the marina and potentially catch them in the middle of wrangling a few different boater issues. 


These fabulous marinas will be happy to talk shop with you about your future slip or mooring:

  1. Conanicut Marine Services, Inc., Jamestown, RITent A Booth #37

  2. Essex Boat Works, LLC, Essex, CT  Dock M-10 N

  3. Fairhaven Shipyard Companies, Fairhaven, MA  Tent G Booth #24

  4. Fairwinds Marina, Warwick, RI – Tent G Booth #15 

  5. Front Street Shipyard, Belfast, ME – Tent G Booth #5 

  6. Great Island Boatyard, Harpswell, ME  Tent G Booth #33

  7. Hinckley Yacht Services - Portsmouth, Portsmouth, RI Tent G Booth #23

  8. Journey’s End Marina, Rockland, ME  Tent G Booth #53

  9. Longboat Key Club Moorings, Longboat Key, FL – Tent C Booth #35

  10. MacDougall's Cape Cod Marine Service, Falmouth, MA  Tent G Booth #39

  11. New England Boatworks, Inc., Portsmouth, RI  Tent D Booth #18

  12. Pirate Cove Marina & Yacht Sales, Inc., Portsmouth, RI – Tent C Booth #48

  13. Provincetown Marina, Provincetown, MA – Land G Booth #1

  14. Safe Harbor Marinas, all over New England Tent G Booth #25 

  15. Yankee Marina & Boatyard, Yarmouth, ME – Tent G Booth #16 


First things first: Find your future boat

Whether you're upgrading or a first-time buyer, the Newport International Boat Show is the perfect place to step aboard the boats you've been drooling over, sizing up, and pricing out this summer. 


The Newport International Boat Show always has something exciting in store. (I'm still swooning over the electric Hinckley and open-floorplan Morris from last year.) Multihull enthusiasts won't want to miss the new Gunboat 68 Condor that GL Yachting USA will be showing off on Dock N-6 E. 

As for powerboats, I'll definitely be checking out the Hinckley Sport Boat in Tent A 6/G 23, the Grady White Canyon 326 on Dock S-0, the Zeelander 72 on the facedock, and the Prestige 420 on Dock S-10. 

For sailing, I'm psyched to check out the 29' Cape Cod Day Sailor — we've heard the combination of classic lines and modern equipment  will have us drooling at Dock N-10. Next on my list is the new X 4.6 by X-Yacht on Oldport Dock M-5, the Tartan 245 on Dock N-4 W, allll the J/boats, the Melges, — I'll stop before I literally name every sailboat in the NIBS2019 fleet. 

Last but far from least: the trawlers — be still my heart. Nordic, Ranger Tug, Outer Reef, and of course a stop by Kadey-Krogens to complete the set in true future-trawler-owner style.


Trick your boat out

Half the fun of getting a boat is customizing it so that you always feel like King of Your Domain when you're aboard. 

Sound systems, autopilot, decor, burgees, deck chairs, charts — they'll all soon be a part of your boat-buying experience. 


Attend Classes & Workshops

What better place to refresh your captaining skills than at a boat show? For sailors and powerboaters, hands-on classes and in-classroom seminars run all four days, and you'll have plenty of time to hop on boats in between.


United States Power Squadron

For more of the educational route, take a course from the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) - America’s Boating Club. Comprised of families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education, the USPS NIBS2019 course selection includes How to Read the Weather, How to Use A Modern VHF/DSC Marine Radio, and How to Use AIS (Automatic Identification Systems). While you're at it, become an expert at your own anchor (we know you're not always going to be dock-hopping!) with the USPS Anchoring Techniques class. 


Boat-Buying 101

Thinking about purchasing a boat at NIBS? Their Boat Buying 101 course will help you get ahead of getting organized, avoid getting overwhelmed, and set you on a course to this next big adventure. 

See all NIBS Classes & Workshops


Behind the Scenes

We caught up with NIBS Show Director Nancy Piffard, who shared her boat show tips:  

  • Plan ahead on what you want to see! Bookmark the NIBS website and familiarize yourself with the show layout and events schedule. 

  • If you're taking a seminar or two, register ahead of time.

  • Wear comfortable shoes.

  • Don’t bring young children on the docks in a stroller.

And remember to support NIBS in their strides to go green – bring a reusable water bottle or make use to the recycle bins throughout, take a water taxi or the Easton's Beach shuttle to the show to decrease your boat show carbon footprint, and show your paperless ticket at the door instead of wasting paper.


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