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Palm Beach show opens Thursday

In addition to a wide selection of watercraft and marine accessories, the 30th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show will offer live musical entertainment, special events and activities for boaters and anglers of all ages when it opens on Thursday.

The show, which will continue through Sunday, will feature a School of Sportfishing, held by the International Game Fish Association, that will teach tips and tactics during 14 free seminars.

The show will feature on-water training for the first time, presented by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are certified instructors from the Powerboat Academy of Florida. The one- and three-hour workshops focus on such boating skills as close-quarters maneuvering, anchoring, and open-water boat handling. They cost $20 in advance ($25 at the show) for one-hour and $99 in advance ($125 at the show) for three-hour courses.

Kids fishing clinics will be presented by the nonprofit Hook the Future for anglers ages 4 to 16. The show also will feature raffles and getaways.

AquaZone — presented by the Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore — will be held for the first time at the Palm Beach show and will feature a 60-foot by 30-foot, 40,000-gallon demonstration pool with in-water demos and hands-on testing of water sports products.

A learning center for information and product knowledge located in the Meyer Amphitheater Field inside the show grounds between Datura and Evernia streets, AquaZone also will feature informative seminars on topics such as yoga on paddleboards and fishing from kayaks.

Attendees can try out paddleboards, Hobie Mirage Drive kayaks and rafts by Arimar in the demo pool.

Professional demonstrations include Universal Hovercrafts and X-Jets. Check out a two-man hovercraft as it maneuvers tight turns within the confines of the pool. Representatives of X-Jets will soar 30 feet in the air, propelled by water-jetpacks and the water-X-jetblade.

The show will feature more than $1.2 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories along Flagler Drive. It is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and organized by Fort Lauderdale-based Show Management. Active Interest Media is the parent company of Show Management and Soundings Trade Only.

Read on-the-ground coverage of the show in Trade Only Today.

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