New York Boat Show opens today

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Two visitors look out onto the floor of the show from a Sea Ray 460 Sundancer in this photo from the 2017 event.

Two visitors look out onto the floor of the show from a Sea Ray 460 Sundancer in this photo from the 2017 event.

The 113th annual Progressive New York Boat Show, which started today at the Javits Center in Manhattan, will run through Sunday.

The New York Boat Show will feature 400 new boats and marine accessories.

All-Star New York Mets pitcher and boating enthusiast Jacob deGrom will meet fans at the Mercury Marine booth on Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The new Touch-a-Boat Tour gives children an opportunity to climb aboard a working fireboat from the New York Fire Department and meet firefighters who work on the water.

It also will allow kids to see what is billed as the world’s fastest catamaran and talk to the race team, meet the New York Police Department marine unit, take the helm of a boat from the Progressive Boat Club’s new Oculus Rift virtual reality experience and win prizes.

The show is holding its first New York Boating Career Day from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday in an effort to address the industry’s growing workforce shortage. After the morning sessions, students will tour the show to talk to exhibitors and learn more about innovations in boating. More than 300 exhibitors are expected to be at the show.

At the Progressive Boat Club, mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will teach hands-on boating courses for all levels of experience.

Click here to see more features, and read more about the show in Trade Only Today on Friday.

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