It is a special feature of the Cruisers Yachts 38 GLS: A beach door can be lowered to convert it into a bathing platform. It’s just one of the cool, high-tech designs on one of more than 100 boats of all types at the Javits Center for the Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show.

The show, which also features the latest in electronics and boating gear, is back after last year’s cancellation due to COVID-19.

what you need to know

  • The New York Boat Show takes place January 26-30 at the Javits Center
  • It returns after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The show features more than 100 boats for every budget and lifestyle, as well as the latest in electronics and boating gear
  • It is the world’s first and longest running boat show, in its 116th year

“This is the first and longest running boat show in the world, so it’s been 116 years,” said Carrie Waible, spokeswoman for the show. “It’s such a New York tradition, and we’re so excited to welcome everyone back to see all the boats.”

This year’s Queen of the Show, the largest boat on display is an Everglades 455. In previous years the Queen has been a yacht, but this year it’s a fishing boat.

“It’s got quad 425 motors, which is so much horsepower you can’t believe it, all the electronics and everything you see here is super high tech,” said Waible, noting that the price tag is around 1.8 million US dollars.

Aside from that, the show has all kinds of boats for every budget, like personal watercraft that cost a few thousand dollars and even kayaks.

The boat industry has been booming for a number of years.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says the industry experienced tremendous growth in 2020, with boat sales hitting a 13-year high, and new boat sales are expected to be at that level this year.

“This is huge growth for our industry which means inventory is a bit lower so this is where you will see the latest and greatest boats where you can actually see what’s new, try the new technology and place an order Your boat,” Waible said.

Proof of vaccinations and masks are required at the fair.

Tickets and more information can be found at here.