Jo Trizila

(FT. WORTH, March 1, 2017) When the Fort Worth Boat Expo returns to Amon G. Carter -William Rogers Exhibit Hall from March 16 through 19, 2017, consumers will have a chance to see some of the crossover breeds and more versatile boats that are shepherding a new generation to become boaters.


Although crossover boats are the newest breed of inboard, they’ve grown to practically dominate the market.


“Building a boat with versatility doesn’t happen overnight. Over the past three decades, crossovers have slowly evolved into the more family and creature-comfort oriented than a traditional ski boat. Manufacturers know that they have to attract new, younger boaters to gain market share and make more sales. The public has spoken and many of them are asking for these boats that are more versatile and provide an all-in-one experience from fishing to cruising to watersports,” says Bron Beal, executive director of the Fort Worth Boat Expo.


According to Romney Carey, third generation of Granbury’s Carey and Sons Marine, there a is rising popularity and new movement towards year-round boating. “The crossover breeds of deck and outboards are the epitome of appeal for those who don’t want to be restricted to seasonal boating. There are lines that allow boaters to shred the waves and enjoy a summer afternoon on the lake on a roomy swim deck.  They can also enjoy the boats during the cooler months with deep spacious seating for family and friends to tool around the lake and cast a few fishing lines” he says.


Carey continues, “Instead of an 18-foot boat, people are buying 22- to 26- foot boats. Bigger and better with more upgrades and versatility. Basically, the boat business is on steroids. You can see this evidenced on one of the many area lakes, including Possum Kingdom Lake or Eagle Mountain Lake.”


Beal knows better than anyone that the Fort Worth Boat Expo brings the opportunity for guests to “see, touch, feel and experience life on the water. This is a place where people can daydream today and bring a boat home tomorrow.”


Fort Worth-area Dealers include:

  • Eagle Marine: Fort Worth
  • Texas Motorcraft: Fort Worth
  • Carey and Sons Marine: Granbury
  • Fun-n-sun Boats: Euless, Hurst
  • Freedom Powersports: Hurst
  • North Texas Marine: Fort Worth




Thursday, March 16            3-8 p.m. (FREE ADMISSION)

Friday, March 17                3–8 p.m.  (FREE ADMISSION)

Saturday, March 18            10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, March 19              10 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall | Will Rogers Memorial Complex

3400 Burnett Tandy Dr.

Fort Worth, Texas, 76107


Cost & Ticket Information:       

            $10 Adults

            Children 16 and under FREE

            Tickets for the show are only available at the door

            Parking from $3-$10


For more information about the Fort Worth Boat Expo, go to Connect on Facebook – and Twitter –@dfwboatexpo.


Boating Brands Represented:

Bennington, Regal , Yamaha , South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba , Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Skeeter, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Hurricane, Epic, Nautic Star, Clearwater, Veranda, Xpress Boats, Skeeter, Supreme, Starcraft, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox  Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White, and more


About The United Boat Dealers of North Texas:

The United Boat Dealers of North Texas produces boat shows to support the boating and marine industry in the greater North Texas area; bring together people with a common interest in boating; promote, further and encourage boating through education and outreach programs; and provide exhibitors with a fair and equal opportunity to conduct business with the general public.


Media Contact:

Dana Cobb


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