Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Lake Havasu (Ariz.) Boat Show, the 2012 Coastal Cities Summit in Florida, the Strictly Boaters Boat Show in New Jersey, the Triton Owners Tournament in Tennessee and the Houston Summer Boat Show.

The 21st Annual Lake Havasu (Ariz.) Boat Show, sponsored by Teague Custom Marine, opens April 20 for a three-day run at Lake Havasu State Park.

This year’s boat show has grown and has more than 140 exhibitors and 50 brands of boats, including everything from affordable family runabouts and pontoons to high- performance sportboats and the latest in personal watercraft.

In addition to the boat show, special attractions include the Legends by the Lake car show, with more than 100 street rods and muscle cars; vintage classic hot boats; and powerboat and water ski racing on Saturday and Sunday.

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Political, business and academic leaders will meet May 1-3 in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the 2012 Coastal Cities Summit.

Titled “Coastal Cities Summit II: Sharing Solutions for Success,” the program will include new research and strategies on planning for coastal risks, community resiliency, smart growth, transportation and tourism to sustain local economies and protect communities.

“St. Petersburg is the ideal backdrop for this conference,” Mayor Bill Foster said in a statement. “We are a city surrounded by water on three sides. Our coastline is what distinguishes St. Petersburg from other cities and is a major tourism and economic draw. But this same coastline brings with it a number of inherent risks that cities need to examine to ensure their long-term viability and sustainability.”

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The Strictly Boaters Boat Show is set for May 4-6 at South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J.

Formerly known as “Strictly Jersey,” the Strictly Boaters Boat Show has expanded its focus in an effort to extend its geographic reach.

“ ‘Strictly Boaters’ is all about selling boats and boating,” organizers said. “Although open to all, this boat show provides a venue whereby potential customers in this region can see what is available, make comparisons, get updated information and buy that new boat for the upcoming season.”

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The 13th annual Triton Owners Tournament will be held June 1-2 on Kentucky Lake from Paris Landing State Park in Paris, Tenn.

“Our owners say this is the best tournament they have ever fished,” Triton founder Earl Bentz said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie with fellow Triton owners and talk with the staff that make the boats that take America fishing.”

Triton also announced the Tom Moody Scholarship opportunity for the highest youth angler finisher, ages 16-19. The scholarship opportunity is for $5,000 each year at Bethel University.

Entry into the Tom Moody Scholarship can be completed at the time of registration for the Triton Owners Tournament. The registration fee for the tournament is $200, and the scholarship opportunity is included for eligible participants as part of the tournament registration.

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The Houston Summer Boat Show, which opens June 20-24 at the Reliant Center, will feature nearly every type of recreational vessel, from kayaks to fishing boats to ski/wakeboarding boats.

Additional attractions include Fish-O-Rama; the Bass Tub, a popular live fishing demonstration; and the Blue Dolphin Beach Club, a place to meet and socialize with fellow boaters.


Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.