View of boats in slips at dock on Lake Lanier - Margaritaville - for an in-the-water- boat show.

A scene from last year’s Lake Lanier Boat Show at Margaritaville.

Two hyper-local in-the-water boat shows in February and March give residents of North Georgia opportunities to see the latest 2023 boats on Lake Lanier close to home.

February 10-12 Gainesville Marina’s 3rd Annual North Georgia Boat and RV Extravaganza, brings together top dealers and brands in boat and camping recreation. The three-day show will include all types of boats, trailers, recreational vehicles and marine-related vendors.

Less than three weeks later – the weekend of March 3-5 – the Lake Lanier Boat Show returns to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Sponsored by the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta, it is expected to draw more than a dozen local boat dealers offering their latest models.

“Each February we’re pleased to give people an early look at the new season’s recreational offerings that will increase their enjoyment of the lake, the mountains and recreation,” said Philip Burton, managing partner of Gainesville Marina. “In addition to our own lines, other manufacturers from the area will be joining us, as well as marine-related companies, such as dock builders.”

First held last fall, the Lake Lanier Boat Show is designed for boaters in the area. It will showcase the 2023 models.

“Last fall’s show at Margaritaville was very successful, and our dealers and vendors have been working over the past few months to prepare for the spring show,” said Tabor Reins, president of the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta. “We are excited to be able to serve our local community with these twice-a-year events.”

Photo: by Vicki Hope