2018 Progressive Akron Boat and Water Sports Show

Contact: Michelle Burke (440) 899-5009 Ext. 15)


Whether you’re interested in the latest fishing boats, family runabouts, tow boats or pontoons, the boats being displayed will cover it all in the 2019 Akron Boat & Water Sports Show, March 1-3, in downtown’s John S. Knight Center.

None are hotter sellers or exemplify more the exciting high tech designs in today’s boats than the good old pontoon boats. Warning: If you’re picturing something like your grandfather’s old slow-motion floating platform, you’re in for a shock!

Today’s pontoons and newest tritoons (a third float chamber) do more than just putter along. With high horsepower outboards on the stern, they’re now towing water skiers, knee boarders and tubers around the lake all day long. But it’s the amenities topside that will really leave you wide-eyed.

Today’s seating boasts plush, soft-leather, color-coordinated couches that would go great in a family room back home. Larger models can also feature functional granite-topped wet bars, mood-setting illumination, motorized mooring covers and even built-in grills that would leave old grandpa shaking his head!

The show will boast everything from $15,000 basic pontoon models to the ultra-fancy ones carrying a price tag substantially north of $50,000. Ohio’s largest pontoon dealers slated to exhibit in the boat show will including Atwood Lake Boats (Harris, AquaPatio); Boat Masters (Bennington); Ravenna Marine (Manitou), Buckeye Sports (Barletta), among other dealers.

That’s not to say the Akron show will only feature pontoons. There will be plenty of boats designed for kick-back family comfort, from sleek runabouts and the latest bow riders to the newest hi-tech tow boat designs and fishing machines from bass models to center consoles. Plus there will be accessory and equipment displays, fishing and boating seminars, live musical entertainment and special foods and beverages.

Show hours will be: Opening Friday (3/1) 12 Noon to 9:00 pm; Saturday (3/2) 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday (3/3) 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission: $8.00 Adults; Children 12 & under Free. There is also free parking after 6pm Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday at several adjacent City Garages.

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