Winter boat show roundup

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Boating Writers International will present, “Boating at a Crossroads: How to Live Long and Prosper,” during its annual general members meeting at 8 a.m. Feb. 12 during the Miami International Boat Show.

Bill Sisson, editor-in-chief of Soundings Trade Only, is one of four panelists for the discussion. Others include Matt Gruhn, editor in chief of Boating Industry magazine, Marilyn Mower, editor of Marine Business Journal and Michael Verdon of International Boat Industry magazine.

Moderated by BWI board member Michael Sciulla, the panel will discuss strategic changes that the boating industry needs to consider including making boats more affordable, more fuel-efficient and more relevant to a changing consumer demographic.

“Recreational boat sales peaked in 1989 – a generation ago – just as baby boomers were hitting their peak earning years and before the advent of the Internet,” Sciulla said. “What worked well for the boating industry then is probably not the best prescription for the future.”

BWI’s annual writing contest award ceremony will start the program during the meeting’s first hour as the winners of its top stories for 2009 will be recognized and $17,000 in awards presented.

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The fourth annual Boatbuilders’ Show on Cape Cod returns Feb. 12-14 to the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis.

During the last three years, more than 7,500 people have visited the show for the chance to see a large selection of unique, custom and limited-production boats in both wood and fiberglass.

This year, boaters will find more than 40 exhibitors and a large variety of custom-built sail- and powerboats on display.

The show is presented by the Cape Cod Marine Trades Association, an organization of almost 100 marine-related businesses dedicated to growing boating on Cape Cod.

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Show producers of the Savannah International Boat Show are encouraging donations of canned goods to benefit America’s Second Harvest Coastal Georgia Food Bank.

“We hope that the show can make a difference by helping families in need. We typically get an attendance of 8,000-11,000 people at the show. If everyone brings five canned goods, we can help a lot of families,” said Jacqui Bomar, show producer and president of JBM & Associates, in a statement.

“We are offering $2 off admission for all who participate in this mission,” she added.

The eighth annual Savannah International Boat Show will be held Feb. 26-28 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

Bomar, who also produces the Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show, said a similar program was successful at that event, which ran Jan. 22-24 at the North Charleston Convention Center.

“Through this effort, enough food was collected to prepare 1,443 meals,” said Bomar.

The Charleston Boat Show also formed a partnership with Water Missions International, an organization that works around the world bringing clean water to people in need, and raised $2,168 for additional water purification systems for Haiti.

“We felt it was important to give back not only to the local Charleston community, but also to help with the relief efforts in Haiti, since that is such an urgent need,” said Bomar.

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The 56th annual St. Louis Boat & Sportshow returns Feb. 10-14 to America’s Center and Edward Jones Dome.

This year’s show will include hundreds of exhibitors displaying the latest in boats, marine accessories and outdoor fishing and hunting travel destinations at some of the best deals of the year.

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The 54th annual Los Angeles Boat Show runs Feb. 18-21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The annual event is one of the largest boat shows on the West Coast, having drawn nearly four million attendees in the last 53 years.

This year’s show has a new four-day format that “promises to be jam-packed with fun and activities for the whole family – all at a new low price,” said Dave Geoffroy, executive director of the Southern California Marine Association, which produces the show.

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Organizer said 240,200 visitors from 60 countries participated in the recently held boot Düsseldorf 41st International Boat Show.

This was a slight increase compared to last year, which saw 238,000 visitors.

About 50,000 visitors at this year’s show came from outside of Germany. A total of 1,568 exhibitors from 55 nations presented the latest in boats, yachts, water sports equipment and accessories in 17 halls.

“We completely achieved our goals. Not only did we succeed in giving the industry an important boost, we were also able to interest more young people and families in water sports and boot Düsseldorf, the leading trade fair in the industry,” said Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, in a statement.

Visitor surveys show that 96 percent reported their expectations were met by the show. Almost 50 percent of the attendees were interested in sailboats, while powerboats were the focus for some 35 percent and boating equipment and accessories were the attraction for about 37 percent.

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The 2010 Chesapeake Powerboat Symposium will be held March 19-20 at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md.

This year’s symposium will feature more than 20 speakers presenting on topics such as powerboat stability, personal watercraft safety, powerboat planing concepts, and advances in powerboat technology.

A special session will be dedicated to Dr. Daniel Savitsky, a leader in high-speed marine craft hydrodynamics for the last 70 years.

Co-sponsored by The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and Professional Boatbuilder Magazine, the symposium will also feature presentations on personal watercraft safety, the Coast Guard’s response boat medium, small model testing in the design of motoryachts and biomechanical assessment of small-craft collisions.

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Cobra Marine, along with its partners Sea Tow Services International and the Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education, are offering simulated VHF radio mayday call and radio operation instruction for children at the Miami International Boat Show.

Those interested in participating can stop by Sea Tow’s booth No. S40 or Cobra’s booth No. 1610 any time during the show, which runs Feb. 11-15.

“We aligned ourselves with Sea Tow to help make waterways safer by enabling effective communication,” said Tony Mirabelli, Cobra’s senior vice president of marketing and sales, in a statement. “Now, we’re taking it one step further and showing the next generation of boaters how to help in an emergency.”

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