Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Lido Yacht Expo, the Luxury on the Lake benefit and the 2011 Toronto International Boat Show.

The Lido Yacht Expo, California's "All Big-Yacht" fall boat show, returns Sept. 23-26 to Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, Calif., for its 32nd annual showing.

Lido is a deluxe show of big vessels displayed in the water and marketed to upscale buyers. The event is geared specifically to the big-boat market, featuring only vessels 26 feet and larger.

Show visitors will have the opportunity to explore more than 200,000 square feet of floating dock exhibits and boardwalk displays. The show also will feature a wide selection of 35- to 65-foot pleasure craft, including sportfishers, motoryachts, cruisers and more.

Southern California's top dealers are expected to exhibit more than 250 vessels, which will be open and available for showgoers' personal inspection. The latest electronics, marine accessories, gear and essential yacht services - including marine financing and insurance - will be available on site.

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Marquis Yacht Center of Atlanta and its local dealer, Singleton Marine Group, recently partnered to host "Luxury on the Lake," an invitation-only benefit to support The Chauncey Davis Foundation for diabetes.

More than 300 people attended.

Chauncey Davis, founder of the non-profit organization, is a veteran defensive end for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

"Chauncey Davis and his namesake foundation do so much to support the special needs of young people who are afflicted by diabetes," said Anthony Asquith, of Singleton Marine Group, in a statement. "We are proud to be part of this event and associated with Chauncey Davis and his foundation."

Marquis Yachts LLC is owned by J&D Acquisitions Group.

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The 2011 Toronto International Boat Show is conducting a "How Does Your Dog Chill?" contest.

Participants should film their dogs getting "wet and wild" on the water and upload the video for judging. The top five finalists will be selected to perform live on Jan. 15, 2011 at the show.

"Duma, the waterskiing dog, has been such a hit with our audiences for the past two years that we thought it would be fun to see how other dogs chill on or in the water," show manager Cynthia Hare said in a statement.

The grand prize for top "chilling" dog is a $2,000 shopping spree at the Toronto International Boat Show.

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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.