As I am sitting here writing this, it is a whopping 26 degrees outside. So, I am thinking more about a fireplace than a boat, but it won’t be long before “fun in the sun” time! Boat shows start in mid-January and runs “heavy” through mid-April. This gives everyone time to find (and order) the latest and greatest boat (and boating gear) and have it in their slip or driveway ready to go for Memorial Day weekend fun. But can I use Co-op funds for a Boat show?

If you have any Boat, Dock, or Trailer customers, now is a great time to help them use their co-op funds. Not only do many brands allow you to use co-op funds for Trade Show participation, but you can certainly use it for advertising their presence at these various shows with both traditional and digital advertising choices.

This is also the time that many boat brands come out with special promotions to get folks interested in their brand. You can help your local advertiser tie into the national promotion to get more folks in their door that are ready to buy. Here is an example of these promos:

The Water is Waiting – G3 Rebates

G3 Boats (a Yamaha Company) offers a $1,500 rebate on the Sportsman and Bay series boats. $1,250 rebate on the Angler V and $350 rebate on Package Jons/Guide V & Outfitters. This offer expires on March 31, 2023.

Below are just a handful of upcoming boat shows:

Discover Boating – New York Boat Show (sponsored by Progressive)
January 25-29, 2023

Houston Boat Show
January 25-29, 2023

Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo
January 25-29, 2023

Seattle Boat Show
February 3-11, 2023

Indianapolis Boat, Sport, and Travel Show (sponsored by Ford)
February 17-19 & 22-26, 2023

Below are just a few (and there are many more) of the brands in the Co-Op Connect platform that offer co-op funding in the boating world.

  • Hewitt Lifts & Roll-A-Docks
  • EZ Loader Boat Trailers
  • Achilles U.S.A., Inc.
  • Manitou Pontoon Boats
  • Robalo Boats, LLC
  • Yamaha Motor – Watercraft – Sport Boats


To find out more about our Co-Op Connect Platform call us at 866-583-5397 or email [email protected].

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