The 2016 Wilmington Boat Show

A Word from the founder of JBM Shows…


Welcome to the first Wilmington Boat Show.


I started JBM & Associates in 2001, after a 15 year career in media, corporate events and facility management. In 2002, we found our niche of producing quality boat shows in the southeast, starting in Charleston, SC and continuing with Savannah, GA, as well as a couple years in northern Florida. We always had an interest in the Wilmington market, with its proximity to so many boat builders, manufacturers, dealers, as well as boaters. It is situated perfectly on the eastern seaboard for a great boat show. We had one small problem. There was not a single venue large enough to hold a major boat show. It took a decade for the dream of producing the Wilmington Boat Show to become reality.

What you’ll discover at the show

Now, September 9-11, 2016, thanks to the opening of the new Port City Marina we are able to bring a first-class boat show to Wilmington. The event will take place in several locations including the Port City Marina, Pier 33, Wilmington Convention Center and Battleship Park. We have partnered with Wilmington Water Tours to offer free water taxi rides back and forth between the venues adding to a unique boat show experience.

Boats will be on display and on sale in all locations. Discover boats in the water, as well as on the demo docks where you’ll be able to test drive before you buy. The Convention Center will be home to many boats as well as marine vendors, fishing and sailing seminars will be held by experts inside the facility as well. Some of the many kids’ features will be outside on the Convention Center event lawn.

Stroll down the Riverwalk where you’ll find more than 50 additional vendors, continue towards Pier 33, for more boats, food and live entertainment. From the pier, you’ll access the docks and boats of all makes and models. Take the free water taxi across the Cape Fear River to Battleship Park and dozens of additional boats, food, music and kids features. Don’t miss the infamous water skiing squirrel, Twiggy, as well as gangs of pirates and other surprises at the Battleship Park.

If you prefer to start your show experience at the Battleship, there is plenty of free parking and the ship is an amazing adventure and piece of history. If you do start with a visit to the ship, save your ticket and bring it to our box office, for $2.00 off your boat show ticket. Visit the exhibits in the park and take a water taxi over to the Marina for the rest of the show. There will be plenty of parking on both sides.

This will be a day you won’t forget. There will be so much to take in that you’ll have to make time to come back for a second day. If you come back on Sunday, we’ll provide you with a bounce back pass so you can enjoy it for free. You can also bring a first responder or friend in the military for our 9/11 tribute for free.

My team and I are completely committed to bringing Wilmington an outstanding experience that will continue to grow each year. With the changing landscape of downtown Wilmington, and all its amazing growth, we expect the Wilmington Boat Show to evolve along with the City. We appreciate the community’s patronage and hope you enjoy the show. I would love to get your feedback and can be reached at

Thanks again for being part of our long-awaited dream…the first of many years of the Wilmington Boat Show.

Friday, September 9: Noon-6pm

Saturday, September 10: 10am-6pm

Sunday, September 11: 11 am-5pm

Sponsored by ILM, Allstate Boat Insurance, Yamaha, Maritime Insurance International, Marathon Specialty Finance, Epic Finance, Wilmington Water Tours, Gulfstream Yachts and Gregory Poole Cat.