This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Mid-America Boat Show, the Toronto International Boat Show, the Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association, the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, the World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, the Maine Boatbuilders Show and Boat Asia 2012.
For the 55th consecutive winter, Cleveland will play host to one of the largest indoor boat shows in the country when the Progressive Insurance Mid-America Boat Show drops anchor Jan. 13-22 at the I-X Center.
Visitors will be able to board, tour and buy the newest powerboats, sailboats, fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, personal watercraft and quality used models of all shapes and sizes from regional dealers.
“We are going to have a lot of engaging speakers at our entertainment stages,” show manager Ken Alvey said in a statement. “They will cover a wide range of interests and provide some fun information for boaters.”
Underwater archaeologist Ralph Wilbanks, who directed the successful search for the sunken Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley and is looking for John Paul Jones’ Bonhomme Richard, will make scheduled presentations on Jan. 14 and 15.
On the same days solo sailor Abby Sunderland will meet with visitors and sign copies of her book “Unsinkable.”
At the Angler’s Alley stage, regional fishing professionals and experts will conduct presentations and demonstrations throughout the run of the show.
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The 54th Annual Toronto International Boat Show, Canada's largest, most popular marine marketplace, sets sail Jan. 14-22 at the Direct Energy Centre.
In addition to a massive showroom featuring boats of all types, the event includes on-the-water boating activities, wakeboarding and boat-handling demonstrations on an indoor lake.
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The Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association will honor Capt. John Ringelberg as distinguished alumnus of the year at its biannual awards dinner on Jan. 26 at Bridgewaters in New York City.
Ringelberg is CEO of JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers in Mystic, Conn., which is the parent company of Divers Institute of Technology, a commercial diving school in Seattle. He is also president and CEO of the Ocean Technology Foundation, a non-profit undersea research and exploration organization that has been the lead agency in the “Bonhomme Richard Expeditions.”
After graduating from New York Maritime, he spent 16 years in the Navy as a surface warfare and engineering duty officer, specializing in salvage and deep diving. Transferring to the Naval Reserve in 1977 he commanded a number of ship repair and engineering units.
After leaving active duty, Ringelberg joined Seaward Marine, where he was vice president and chief engineer and pioneered the use of underwater hull cleaning and non-destructive testing for the Navy. He later joined International Paper as corporate director of power and energy
While at International Paper he served as chairman of JMS. In 1998 he became its full-time president and CEO.
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The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey announced that Interlux Yacht Finishes is a presenting sponsor of the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, which will be held Feb. 23-26.
“We’re very proud to support the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo. As a local manufacturer, the choice to participate was easy. We need a great event like this to support the boating industry in New Jersey and beyond,” Interlux marketing manager Elenor Ekman said in a statement.
The event is organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, and it focuses on affordability and convenience for consumers and exhibitors. This new show is the expansion of the Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo, which is held in the fall at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.
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The World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition is set for March 1-4 at the SUNY Rockland Community College Fieldhouse in New York.
“The World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition is the only sporting show in the New York vicinity that has all of the major fishing tackle and outdoor sports equipment manufacturers,” show director Paul Fuller said in a statement.
“If you’re in the market for new gear, then the show is a great place to get amazing deals you can’t find in stores or catalogs,” he added. “In addition to all of the great deals, our show has a number of fun activities and educational opportunities for every member of the family.”
Exclusive to the Suffern show is a 5,000-gallon “Hawg Trough” fish tank that is loaded with largemouth bass. Some of the nation’s top pro anglers will be on hand to demonstrate the latest lures and techniques.
March 4 is Family Day, and children 11 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Family Day also includes a scavenger hunt; children can receive a prize by visiting attractions on the show floor and getting their checklist stamped.
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The Maine Boatbuilders Show is set for March 16-18 in the Portland Company Complex in Portland, Maine.
The event is a gathering of some of the finest fiberglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Numerous boating equipment manufacturers also will be exhibiting.
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Boat Asia 2012, Asia's leading boat and lifestyle show, returns April 12-15 to the Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore for its 20th anniversary.
Boat Asia 2012 is expecting more than 15,000 visitors and more than 100 exhibitors from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, United States, Middle East and China, organizers said.
“Amidst a highly volatile economic outlook, particularly in Europe, luxury yacht brands recognize that the serious growth prospects lie in still-booming Asia, where much of the real purchasing power lies,” TMX Show Productions managing director Herman Ho said in a statement.
In 2012, Boat Asia once again will feature leading yacht brands such as Azimut, Beneteau, Chaparral, Cranchi, Fairline, Ferretti, Gulf Craft, Horizon, Leopard, Meridian, Monte Carlo, Nautor’s Swan, Pershing, Riva, Riviera, Robalo and Sunseeker.
“Boat Asia 2012 this year will have a special focus on the growing interest in luxury charters from corporations and private banks and will, for the first time, feature an exclusive luxury private yacht charter segment,” Ho added.