New York Boat Show opens today

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The Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show opened this morning at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

The show runs through Sunday and provides post-holiday deals on boats that include luxury motoryachts, sportfish cruisers, performance boats and sailboats, and marine accessories.

Show highlights include:

• Scuba dive by day and paddleboard by night: The new Dive Equipment & Marketing Association’s “Be a Diver” heated pool offers visitors the opportunity to try scuba diving and paddleboarding in a 15,000-gallon heated pool.

• Visitors can get an up-close look at Queen Bee, a 26-foot boat that survived a 3,000-mile, three-year unmanned journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Hear the harrowing tale of survival from owner Scott Douglas, who was thrown overboard by a rogue wave and swam to safety.

• Wakeboarding superstars Phil and Bob Soven, who star in MTV’s “WakeBrothers,” will chat with fans about their “extreme” experiences as two of the nation’s top-rated professional wakeboarders (Friday and Saturday only).

• Check out the “Queen of the Show.” Each year, the largest boat at the show is named queen. The 2013 Sea Ray Sundancer 510 has earned the title this year.

• “Boating 101” workshops by Welcome to the Water experts; DIY seminars and hands-on maintenance/repair workshops at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center; informative, free and entertaining daily sessions hosted by top local fishing pros at the Fishing University; and Pre-show Premier Boating Workshops offered by The Annapolis School of Seamanship that help beginners and experienced boaters take their on-the-water skills to the next level.

• Powerboat Docking Challenge: New and experienced boaters can become more confident at the helm as they steer and dock a four-foot, twin-engine, remote-controlled powerboat from a life-size helm.

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