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Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Suncoast Boat Show in Florida and the Marina del Rey (Calif.) Marina Fest.

The 30th annual Suncoast Boat Show will take place Friday through Sunday at Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota, Fla.

The Gulf Coast's leading boat dealers, such as Galati Yacht Sales, MarineMax Sarasota, Marine Dynamics, Sarasota Yacht & Ship and Cannons Marine, will display hundreds of boats from builders such as Sea Ray, Tiara, Viking, Cruisers, Grady-White, Boston Whaler, Everglades and Jupiter, along with a full range of marine electronics, products and accessories.

New to this year’s Suncoast Boat Show is MyBoatShow, the show’s new smart-phone app. Officially launched at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the free app is available on iPhone, iPad and Android platforms and is designed to help users navigate the show’s docks, land areas and tents.

Attendees will be able to access show maps and search for exhibitors, manufacturers, product categories and boats by specifications and size. The app, which is available for all Show Management-produced boat shows, also will provide the show schedule, parking information, food and drink locations, restroom locations and emergency services.

“We are looking forward to celebrating 30 years in Sarasota and are happy to report that the show is on track to sell out,” Show Management senior vice president and chief operating officer Dane Graziano said in a statement. “We’ve expanded the in-water display area to accommodate all the exhibitor requests we have been receiving, and we are expecting a very solid show this year.”

The Suncoast show is managed and produced by Show Management and sponsored by Lincoln, Pioneer Linens, Budweiser, Smallwood’s and BoatQuest.com.

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The third annual Marina del Rey Marina Fest, a community-based waterfront celebration of the boating lifestyle, is set for May 19-20 in Marina del Rey, Calif.

“This year’s Marina Fest will include everything from affordable family-oriented powerboats, sailboats [and] brokerage motoryachts to speedboats, fishing boats, family cruisers and boating accessories at great values,” Dave Geoffroy, executive director of show organizer Southern California Marine Association, said in a statement.

As a special feature, the tall ship Bill of Rights, a 136-foot replica 19th century schooner, will be on display throughout the show, arranged by the Del Rey Yacht Club.

Also on hand will be teen sailor Abby Sunderland, who will be signing autographs, books and DVDs and talking with attendees about her effort to become the youngest person to sail solo around the globe.

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