This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from Mack Boring &?Parts Co., the Southern California Yachting Association's 23rd annual Women's Sailing Convention, the Detroit Boat Show and the Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail.
The winter-spring schedule of Mack Boring &?Parts Co.’s marine diesel maintenance seminars brings the classes to four regional locations.
Beginning in January, seminars will be given in Wilmington, N.C.; Middleborough, Mass.; the Great Lakes; and at the company’s headquarters in Union, N.J.
Through the seminars, boat owners can develop a greater level of confidence about their engines, learn basic maintenance routines and how to recognize the warning signs of engine problems. The series includes one-day basic maintenance seminars and two-day hands-on seminars that teach emergency repair skills.
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The premier sailing convention for women will take place Feb. 4 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, Calif.
The event, centered on a series of on- and off-the-water educational workshops, is open to all female sailors, from novices to experts.
“This event gives women an opportunity to meet many other women sailors, find out about existing women’s sailing organizations in their area, instructional programs available and many other areas of interest for those who would like to do more — racing, cruising and day sailing,” event organizer Gail Hine said in a statement. “We’ll have something meaningful for everyone. For those who are already involved but desire more we will offer some new areas of inspiration and instruction, along with excellent networking opportunities.”
The featured dinner guest speaker will be world-class sailor, instructor and delivery Capt. Diane DeWitte, who has made sailing her living.
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The Detroit Boat Show is set for Feb.11-19 at the Cabo Center.
“Space sales and sponsorships are all trending in the right direction,” show manager John Ropp said in a statement. “And it is going to be a packed and exciting show this year.”
The show features hundreds of boats for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising, as well as paddleboats, kayaks, paddleboards and inflatables. Show prices are extremely competitive and buying a boat in February ensures that it will be ready for an early summer launch, organizers said.
More than 60,000 consumers are expected to see and buy hundreds of new 2012-, 2011- and 2010-model boats of all types and sizes. More than 1,500 boats, worth an estimated $50 million, traditionally sell during the show’s nine-day run and shortly afterward to leads generated at the show.
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The 2012 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail, one of the world’s largest boating events, cruises into town Feb. 16-20 for its 71st year.
More than 2,000 exhibitors from around the world will showcase thousands of the newest boats, from luxury motor- and sailing yachts to personal watercraft and sportfishers, including powerboats, sailboats, jet boats and electric boats, in addition to the latest cutting-edge electronics, engines and marine accessories.
Visitors also can get their feet wet with new free interactive features and on-the-water fun for all ages and experience levels, including daily on-the-water training; a new Sailing Simulator; a chance to scuba-dive; and an exclusive full-day advanced long-distance cruising class with world-renowned sailor Jimmy Cornell, who is making a rare U.S. appearance.
“Nowhere else in the world can boaters find such a vast array of boats and accessories for sale, plus free activities and education that offer everyone a chance to discover the boating lifestyle,” show manager Cathy Rick-Joule said in a statement. “Each year we strive to bring new attractions for all to enjoy, from hands-on experiences and classes to exciting demonstrations and nautical celebrities. Whether you’re a novice or a pro who fishes, sails, speeds or dives, this year’s show is an ideal destination for every on-the-water enthusiast.”
Features of the 2012 event include:
• Get off the Dock! On-the-Water Training at the Discover Boating Resource Center:This interactive, educational series offers a firsthand approach to learning that includes complimentary daily boating seminars covering topics that include sailing, docking, navigation and jet boat propulsion, complemented by on-the-water tutorials to apply lessons from the classroom.
• Come Sail Away: Discover Sailing: virtual and on-the-water experiences, premier clinics.
• Sailing Maker Sailing Simulator:For the first time at the show, instructors will offer sailors a chance to learn how a boat reacts to wind and waves on a sailing simulator before they hit the water. The new technology is designed to simulate the movement of a boat under sail, providing a unique training platform for new boaters who want to learn how to sail and experienced sailors the opportunity to practice under different conditions.
• Discover Sailing, Free Sail Rides (end of Pier B, Miamarina at Bayside):Want to experience the joy of sailing? New sailors can learn firsthand what sailing is all about during complimentary hourlong sails with an experienced, Coast Guard-approved Discover Sailing skipper.
• Dozens of daily free classes, plus premier sailing seminars: Guests can enhance their skills and get advice about improving their sailing experiences through dozens of free seminars.