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Norwalk Boat Show opens today

The show will offer an expanded “Touch-a-Boat Tour,” hands-on courses from BoatUS, new free water taxi transport to the show, and Fred’s Shed DIY seminars.

The show will offer an expanded “Touch-a-Boat Tour,” hands-on courses from BoatUS, new free water taxi transport to the show, and Fred’s Shed DIY seminars.

The Progressive Norwalk Boat Show opens today at Norwalk Cove Marina and runs through Sunday. It includes new features this year.

The show will have around 300 boats in the water and on land, as well as marine accessories.

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association plans to announce a statewide educational initiative at the show today. CMTA executive director Kathleen Burns and National Marine Manufacturers Association Northeast shows vice president Jon Pritko will hold a press conference at the show’s official opening.

The show is branding its first day as “Super Thursday,” giving attendees discounts on admission, food and drink specials, and giveaways, organizers said.

On Friday, the show will offer a Career Day at a local high school, tapping Boston Whaler East Coast business manager Doug Nettles, Yamaha senior district service manager Ron Zastocki and Safe Harbor Marinas workforce development director Lynn Oliver to address students about the boating industry.

The expanded Touch-a-Boat Tour gives kids a chance to talk with rescue and fireboat captains and a photo opportunity at the helm.

BoatUS will offer 3-hour hands-on boating courses with a Coast Guard-certified captain in Norwalk Cove, including an introductory course, Women Making Waves, and a Junior Captain program for kids ages 13 to 19.

The “queen of the show” is a Prestige 680 Fly, and attendees can learn kayaking and padddle sports at “Try It Cove.”

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