This year, the 52nd annual Newport International Boat Show (NIBS), one of the most prominent boat shows in the nation takes place over four days, between Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 17, 2023. Despite Hurricane Lee threatening foul weather across the Northeast this week, the show is a rain or shine event and will continue accordingly, with safety top of mind.
Above: Boats at the docks in Newport Rhode Island. Photo by YachtWorld.
Spanning more than thirteen acres of Newport’s historic downtown area in Rhode Island, attendees can expect to roam the docks, where they’ll be greeted by a dazzling array of sailboats and powerboats. Some of these vessels will be marking their U.S. debut at the event.
Location And Hours
Newport Yachting Center Marina
4 Commercial Wharf
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Day One: Thursday, September 14, 2023 10am-6pm
Day Two: Friday, September 15, 2023 10am-6pm
Day Three: Saturday, September 16, 2023 10am-6pm
Day Four: Sunday, September 17, 2023 10am-5pm
The optimal parking location is at Easton’s Beach, located at 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport 02840. Shuttle services to the Show are provided from 8am to 8pm. You can buy parking when you purchase your ticket for NIBS.
In addition to the watercraft and in-the-water exhibits and sea trials, the on-land segments of the show will showcase a plethora of marine products, services, and accessories to enhance one’s boating journey. The event’s lineup also promises informative seminars, hands-on in-water boating courses, and daily giveaways, ensuring a comprehensive experience for all visitors.
Notable Boat Debuts
In 2023, there will reportedly be 12 boat debuts and 20 products unveiling to the world at the event. Below is a handful of some of the debuts we’re excited to see that boaters are likely to be keen on checking out.
Everglades is launching a revamped center console that is stealing the spotlight at NIBS, tailor-made for the dedicated angler. Equipped with a pair of powerful 400-hp V10 Mercury engines, the 315CC seamlessly cruises at an impressive 43.6 mph, with a peak that pushes the needle to 56.3 mph. The design doesn’t compromise on comfort, boasting rear seating, a forward chaise lounge with ample storage and a versatile bow seating area for a generous number of passengers. A notable nod to sustainability is evident; the hull structure intriguingly incorporates recycled plastics.
Sunseeker Ocean 182
Sunseeker is taking the opportunity of NIBS 2023 to introduce their new Ocean 182, an impressive flybridge yacht that offers massive interior volume. The Ocean 182 features a unique enclosed flybridge for enhanced climate comfort and privacy. Relocating the helm to the flybridge frees up a spacious main deck saloon, reminiscent of superyacht interiors. Powered by Twin MAN V12 engines, it reaches 27 knots and has an 1,800 nautical mile range at 12 knots. The main deck is designed for socializing, with flexible furniture choices. The forward galley, fitted with Miele appliances, adjoins a dining space for eight. Below deck, extensive glazing illuminates three double cabins and a twin, all with en-suites.
Solara has priced their new S-310 day boat competitively and it comes “ready to go” with a comprehensive set of standard features. She boasts standard amenities like dual Garmin chartplotters, a Bluetooth-enabled stereo, automatic Lenco trim tabs, a Helm Master and other features. The coupe-style vessel runs on dual Yamaha F300 outboard engines. Whether it’s for fishing, cruising, or spending the night, the S-310 SC is versatile enough to meet a variety of demands.
The Hyfoil 28 RIB, brought to you by Hyfoil Marine, employs hydro-foiling wings for a more seamless journey. It can comfortably seat up to 14 people, cruises at a speed of 35 mph, and can reach a top speed of 70 mph. Moreover, owners have the choice between gas and electric propulsion options.
Waterlodge Modern 11 by LaMare
The “Waterlodge” by Lamar is a luxury houseboat sourced from Poland. With sizes ranging from 26 to 49 feet, this houseboat not only provides upscale living accommodations but is also capable of traversing coastal waters and sustaining off-grid living for weeks at a time.
Other Marine Product Debuts
NIBS is a preferred destination for both international and local manufacturers to unveil their latest boats and marine products. The “Newport For New Products” (NFNP) initiative offers a program collaborating with top-tier national boating publications on the show’s inaugural day as industry experts evaluate each submission. Accolades are then presented in categories like Best New Powerboat, Best New Sailboat, Top New Navigation Product (covering marine electronics), Best Product for Boat Operation, Maintenance & Safety, and the Finest New Weather Gear (for wear).