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September 11th 2019. By Ryan McVinney.

Newport Boat Show 2019: Primer Guide

It’s fall in New England, and that means it’s time for the 49th annual Newport Boat Show (NIBS) in Newport Rhode Island!

As many of our readers know, this this is a great yearly destination for boat buyers and sellers around the country – including everyone from boat manufacturers to dealers and marine equipment companies.

This Year’s NIBS Show

This year the boat show takes place from September 12-15th, 2019 in Newport Rhode Island. Newport’s convenient, historic harbor has 13-acres of waterfront docks and is accessible via the deep waters of Narragansett Bay. This is where boaters gather to explore, share and preview a wide variety of yachts, sailboats, powerboats and marine products. For those that have never attended before, Newport is a beautiful, scenic, mid-Atlantic seaside town – a truly world-class vacation destination with top-rated restaurants, hotels and various national historic sites worth visiting on your trip.

Each year boat manufacturers and marine companies from around the world attend this high-profile Northeast U.S. boat show to debut and announce new product lines, – showcasing them in-person to thousands of attendees.

Some Things We’re Excited About for NIBS 2019

New Boat Models

This year a number of manufacturers will be showcasing new 2019 models and debuting new 2020 boat models at Newport. Below are some of the ones we’re looking forward to seeing.

Southport 30 FE

Southport boats will introduce its new mid-sized Center Console, which the manufacturer says represents a new step forward in the design and layout of the mid-sized member of the Southport center console family. The 30 will offer increased aft and forward cockpit space for fishing and entertaining with some new features including an insulated transom fishbone, newly designed mezzanine seating, rear swim decks and an even more comfortable console interior.

Hinckley 40x Sport Boat

Hinckley Sport Boats will also be featuring their new Hinckley Sport Boat 40x at the 2019 NIBS show in Newport this year. The 40x hull design is fresh off the drawing board of the legendary Ray Hunt Design studio and is a modern update on the Deep V ride renowned for fast and safe performance in a seaway. Hinckley guarantees the lightweight epoxy-infused carbon fiber and Kevlar™ hulls and decks for life. The  The Sport Boat 40x is like none other. Designed from the outset for outboard propulsion and purpose-built for offshore performance, the Sport Boat 40x begins a new chapter for our pilothouse yachts.

Viking 38 Open Billfish

Oyster Harbors Marine will be on-hand to display a sneak peak of Viking’s new 38 Open Billfish. With the addition of the 38 Open Billfish, Vikings now offers two boat models under 40 feet, with all the industry-leading construction, engineering and performance that has made the manufacturer on of the most successful boat builders in the world of semi-custom sportfishing and motor yachts. The 38 Open Billfish is geared toward day boating but has very comfortable overnighting and living accommodations, making it the “perfect pocket canyon runner”.

Valhalla Boatworks V-33

Valhalla Boatworks will be at NIBS 2019 to showcase their V-33 model. This boat is an excellent entry-level center-console yacht that comes equipped with twin outboards – up to 350hp each! With comfortable bow seating, a raised center-console helm with Release Marine seats, and the stable ride thanks to Viking’s advanced design techniques, this is an excellent option for anyone looking at a mid-sized boat. Like her siblings, the Valhalla Boatworks V-33 is equipped for the serious angler or can be used as a tender for a luxury motor yacht or sportfish.

NIBS Awards 2019

Also, as always, NIBS puts on some great awards programs. Two of the biggest highlights are the Edson International awards, that highlights 4 selected, notable exhibitors from the show, and the Newport for New Products Program (NFNP), which is a great launch pad for new products and new boat models making their debit in the U.S.

Details for Attending the 2019 Newport Boat Show

NIBS Address

Newport Yachting Center 20 Commercial Wharf Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Directions to Newport Boat Show

Parking for Newport Boat Show 2019

The best place to park is Easton’s Beach, at 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport. $25 per vehicle with shuttle service.

Newport Boat Show 2019 Schedule

Newport Boat Show 2019 Schedule:

September 12, 2019 10am-6pm
September 13, 2019 10am-6pm
September 14, 2019 10am-6pm
September 15, 2019 10am-5pm

Newport Rhode Island Aerial View. Photo: Michael Kagdis / MVASCO.

Newport Rhode Island Aerial View. Photo: Michael Kagdis / MVASCO.



Ryan McVinney
C. Ryan McVinney is a film director, writer and producer. As an experienced boater he regularly produces and directs on-the-water video shoots for major boat manufacturers, yacht brokers and dealers, as well as independent film and media companies. He is president of the National Soho House Film Club with chapters in Miami, FL, Manhattan, NY and Los Angeles, CA and regularly contributes content to YachtWorld.com, boats.com and Boat Trader.