One of our writers, Jody Leighty, visited the LA Boat Show over the weekend and had fun checking out various watercrafts and I must say she looked good in one of the boats. She was able to also bring her son to enjoy not only the kids zone but the boats as well. Check out her LA Progressive Boat Show experience below including her mentioning something about mini-bars throughout the LA Convention Center. Mini Bars?! I missed out on that one. LOL.
The Los Angeles Boat Show had something for everyone, whether you are a current boater, prospective boater, or are just testing the waters to see what is out there. There were many models to view and board ranging from paddleboards and kayaks, all the way to live aboard yachts. The show had activities for all ages, with an exciting kids zone to keep the little ones interested and entertained, to mini-bars located throughout for adults.
Accessibility to the LA Convention Center was great, we were able to park in the structure under the convention center for a mere $15, and only had a short walk to the elevator opening at the entrance of the show. We were greeted by friendly staff who gave us a nice Progressive Insurance bag with show material and plenty of room to store brochures from the various company’s products on display.
Our first stop was the small powerboat section, and on display were the newest jet boats and jet skis. Almost every boat on display allowed viewers to climb on and check out all the features they had to offer. From there we were able to look at the newest fishing boats, ski and wakeboard boats, pontoon boats, and pleasure craft.
Our three year old really enjoyed being able to climb aboard and pretend he was the captain of these vessels. The sales staff were very friendly throughout, ready to answer any and all questions. Each manufacturer had many models on display allowing viewers to compare models, options, and pricing. Most of them had special boat show pricing, with finance people on hand to help your dream of owning a boat become a reality.
The larger powerboats and sailboats of the LA Boat Show were located in the waters of Marina Del Ray, and the show provided a free shuttle to and from the convention center if you were interested. Marina Del Ray also had a sailing simulator, letting people test their skills and also teach beginners how to sail.
The kids zone had many activities for the little ones, including a live fishing area, free balloon animals, decorate your own sailboat, and also an area for them to watch people try to standup paddleboard and kayak.
The fishing area was a hit, with a constant flow of kids catching bluegill and catfish while getting their pictures taken and printed. The vendors section of the show had activities for the children as well. One booth had a remote control boat race track, and the Progressive booth had a bean bag fish toss where they could win a pair of sunglasses.
The Los Angeles Boat show had a great display of boats and accessories, and provided entertainment for all ages, and boating experience level. If you are a boater, wish to be one, or just want to see what is out there in the new boating technology, the L.A. Boat show is a great way to spend the day doing just that.
disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. We were invited as guests to the show.