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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, the Savannah (Ga.) Boat and Outdoor Show, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida’s Waterway Cleanup, the Maine Boatbuilders Show, the Greenwich (Conn.) Boat Show and the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference.

The boats cruise back into the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison Thursday through Sunday for the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo.

This new show, which focuses on affordability and convenience both for the consumer and exhibitors, is organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and presented by Interlux Yacht Paint and Travelers Ocean Marine Insurance.

“The MTA/NJ is proud to be bringing boats back into the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison for this new and exciting boat show event,” association president Kersten Roehsler said in a statement. “The New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo was modeled after our highly successful fall Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo, held at the BlueClaws Stadium, and will offer attendees a great opportunity to shop from New Jersey’s leading dealers and marine retailers.”

Organizers say the show will feature something for every age and interest, with boats on sale from the top dealers in the state, as well as an expansive boater’s marketplace full of accessories and services, free seminars, children’s activities and more.

“New Jersey’s boating opportunities are endless, and with the boating season just around the corner there is no better place than the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo to find just what you need to get out on the water and have fun,” MTA/NJ executive director Melissa Danko said in a statement.

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The 10th Annual Savannah (Ga.) Boat and Outdoor Show will be held March 2-4 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

The Savannah Boat & Outdoor Show features the latest models from the region’s leading dealers, many offered at discount prices. In addition to boat dealers, other exhibitors will feature an extensive assortment of the latest in marine and fishing products, including fishing tackle and accessories, marine electronics, boat lifts, dock systems, marine finance and insurance and nautical gifts.

Other features include:

• Swampmaster Alligator Show

• Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel

• The Savannah Fishing Expo

• The Fishing Simulator, presented by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

    The show is produced by JBM & Associates, which also produces the Charleston Boat Show.

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    The Marine Industries Association of South Florida announced its partnership with the Florida Inland Navigation District for the association's 35th Annual Waterway Cleanup, set for March 10 at 24 designated cleanup sites across Broward County.

    “Where Green Meets Blue” reflects the ideals of environmental responsibility that the marine industry community has consistently demonstrated since the event's inception. This year, the association is focusing more of its efforts on youth and Scouting programs.

    The association’s annual cleanup is Broward County's largest environmental public awareness campaign and community effort to keep waterways clean, according to the association. The event annually attracts about 2,000 volunteers of all ages.

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    The 25th annual Maine Boatbuilders Show is set for March 16-18 in Portland.

    The show provides a focus for boatbuilders and the boating community from Maine, Canada and New England to gather around everything from small rowing boats to powerboats and sailboats of every size. Traditionally built boats show alongside the latest in cutting-edge composite technology.

    “The boats are spectacular, well-conceived by boaters for boaters, and the quality of the boats increases every year,” show owner and founder Phin Sprague said in a statement. “Our finest boatbuilders will be here, and the grace of their boats and craftsmanship ranks them among the finest in the world. They offer quality and value for those who know what they want.”

    More than 70 custom to semicustom boats will be on display. Innovations that will be highlighted this year include electrical propulsion systems, variable-pitch folding propellers and oil-eating microbes.

    The show is expected to attract about 10,000 people to the Portland Company Marine Complex.

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    The Greenwich (Conn.) Boat Show will be held April 21-22.

    The in-water boat show encourages consumers to take models out to see how the boats ride in open water. Nine of Connecticut’s top dealers host this annual spring show.

    There is no fee to attend or for sea trials.

    The show is presented by All Seasons Marine Works; Beacon Point Marine; Catalano & Sons; Diamond Marine; Harborside Yacht Sales; MarineMax; Norwest Marine; Portland Boat Works; and Twin Hull Boats.

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    The 22nd annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference is scheduled to take place Oct. 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

    “It’s not too early to start planning for IBEX 2012,” co-director Carl Cramer said in a statement. ”The boating business is finally starting to turn the corner, and at IBEX you can get a jump-start on the business upsurge by seeing what’s on the horizon in new products for the coming year, learning about new technologies and techniques, making deals, engaging with customers, meeting with your distribution partners and networking with your peers.”

    IBEX is moving to a new time slot for 2012, two weeks earlier than in 2011. During the next two years the show will move to a mid-September time frame.

    “IBEX is moving beyond its traditional core market of production and custom boatbuilders and is becoming an industrywide event with something for everyone. We’ll again be featuring an outdoor demo area; Connect Fest, sponsored by the National Marine Electronics Association; and the dedicated Aftermarket Pavilion sponsored by Soundings Trade Only will offer exhibits, seminars and events tailored to the interests of distributors and retailers and much more,” Cramer added.

    Last year’s IBEX brought together 555 exhibitors, including 41 international companies from 11 countries, who showed their products and services to 4,672 marine industry professionals. There were also 90 seminars in 14 tracks presenting technical information as well as management, service and operations.

    The trade show and industry gathering is owned and co-produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Professional BoatBuilder magazine.

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