Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Hartford Boat Show, the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail, the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo and the Marina Recreation Association’s Educational Conference and Trade Show.

A collection of antique and classic wooden boats dating from 1932 will be displayed Jan. 27-29 at the 43rd Annual Hartford Boat Show at the Connecticut Convention Center.

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association, sponsor of the show, invited members of the Bay State Woodies to display a variety of mahogany and vintage fiberglass boats.

Bob Comstock, of the Bay State Woodies, said boat owners and club members will be on hand to talk about the history of the boats and what goes into restoring and preserving them. Nine boats are expected to be on display, including a rare 1932 Old Town Sponson Canoe, a 1942 Chris-Craft triple cockpit, a 1948 Chris-Craft Deluxe and a 1986 Correct Craft ski boat.

“This show provides a wonderful opportunity for us to display an important part of American history,” Comstock said in a statement. “People always tell us these boats bring back childhood memories of cruising on the Connecticut River and lakes in the region with parents and grandparents.”

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After a successful introduction in 2011, the interactive Discover Boating Resource Center returns Feb. 16-20 at the 2012 Progressive InsuranceMiami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail.

Guests can register for an assortment of complimentary daily courses on topics ranging from close-quarters handling and offshore cruising to sailing for beginners and boating safety.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Discover Boating Resource Center back to the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail so boaters of all ages and levels can learn more about navigating the waters and experience the benefits of boating firsthand,” show manager Cathy Rick-Joule said in a statement.

Advance registration is recommended for all Discover Boating Resource Center courses.

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The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey announced that Travelers Ocean Marine is a presenting sponsor of the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, which is set for Feb. 23-26 in Edison.

The New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo is organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and focuses on affordability and convenience for the consumer 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.

The show will feature something for every age and interest. Hundreds of boats will be on sale, and there will be an expansive boater’s marketplace full of accessories and services, boating and fishing seminars, activities for the little boaters and more.

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The Marina Recreation Association issued a call for presentations for the 41st annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show, which is expected to be held Nov. 6-8.

The annual conference offers two days of wide-ranging seminars for MRA members and others related to the marina industry, such as representatives of boatyards and government agencies. Seminars, which are held on Wednesday and Thursday of the conference, range from 60 minutes to two hours.

The association, which is based in Sacramento, Calif., aims to provide a united voice in representing the interests of the boating industry and to help educate and inform in all areas of recreational boating. The MRA was founded in 1971 and includes members from the western United States, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

Presentations must be submitted no later than Jan. 25. Submissions must be sent via e-mail to and must include the title of the presentation, a brief overview of the subject matter and an outline.

MRA officials will review submitted proposals at the board of directors' annual planning meeting and will notify presenters of their status no later than Feb. 29.


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