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Fall boat show roundup

Here is a look ahead to upcoming shows, including Lake Union Boats Afloat Show, the inaugural Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo and the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show.

Seattle's 32nd annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show opens today, with 200 new and used boats from 20 to 143 feet. The show runs through Sunday.

Attractions this year include: Four luxury yachts more than 100 feet in length, ranging from $2.9 million to $8.9 million; Sealegs, an amphibious 20-foot dinghy that can top 60 mph on the water; free sailing lessons for kids; free sailboat rides on 30 to 40-foot boats through Discover Sailing; and tours of the Sea Star from the Emmy Award-nominated television series "Deadliest Catch."

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The inaugural Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo begins Friday at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.

This three-day boating sales event will feature more than 40 new boat lines with representation from 15 local marine retailers. The expo will also offer used boats, accessories and service needs.

The Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Fisherman Magazine are presenting a lineup of professional seminar speakers Saturday. Scheduled speakers include Gary Caputi covering Fishing for Striped Bass, and Proven Tactics for Chunking presented by Capt. John Cafiero and Capt. Greg Markert.

There will also be a Fisheries Town Hall meeting featuring an open forum discussion on the new saltwater registry and its impact on New Jersey's saltwater fishermen. The meeting will include representatives from the National Marine Fisheries Service, RFA, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Businesses interested in exhibiting can contact the MTA/NJ office at (732) 292-1051 or

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The recently expanded and renamed St. Petersburg (Fla.) Power & Sailboat Show is returning Dec. 3-6 to the Progress Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater & Albert Whitted Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

The show features more than 400 new and used powerboats and sailboats from many of the world's top manufacturers, all anchored in the expanded floating dock marina and adjoining land display. Two large air-conditioned tents will offer the latest in marine services, gear, electronics and accessories.

The show will also include a full slate of seminars for sailors and power enthusiasts. There will also be free kid's fishing clinics presented by Hook the Future; the St. Pete Cruiser's Party presented by Latitudes & Attitudes magazine; free sailboat rides on the bay compliments of Discover Sailing and hosted by Sail America; and the Floating Cocktail Barge located dockside.

"Based on the success and positive feedback from last year's show attendees and exhibitors alike, coupled with our enhancement for 2009, we're expecting this to be an even bigger and better show," said Dane Graziano, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Show Management, in a statement. "Besides all the spectacular sailing and powerboat vessels, products, gear, accessories and services, we know that our exhibitors are extremely aggressive this year, so we fully expect there to be unbeatable deals and spectacular sales at the show."

New this year is the Salute to the Military show special, offering free admission for active and retired military personnel with identification

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