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Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Atlanta Boat Show and the South West International Boat Show.

The 2013 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show will be held Jan. 10-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center, offering visitors deals on boats, gear and accessories.

Those who are new to boating can visit the Welcome to the Water Center to get advice from experts about choosing a boat and boating on a budget.

Boat owners who are looking to repair and maintain their vessels can visit Fred’s Shed DIY Seminars & Interactive Learning Center for hands-on instruction.

The Powerboat Docking Challenge will allow captains — novice and experienced — to test navigational skills as they steer and dock radio-controlled boats in the show’s 20-foot “lake.”

Show hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 10-11. On Jan. 12, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Jan. 13 it will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $12 for people age 16 and older. Youths 15 and under will be admitted free if an adult accompanies them.

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The fifth annual South West International Boat Show, presented by Geico, returns March 21-24, 2013, to the South Shore Harbour Marina in Houston.

Organizers say the event is the Southwest’s premier power- and sailboat show and the largest in-water boat show in Texas and is the only boat show in the state endorsed by Sail America.

Featuring more than 400 boats, in and out of the water, the show includes such sailboat builders as Jeanneau, Hunter, Beneteau, Catalina, and Dufour alongside a variety of vendors with the latest accessories and technologies, boating and sailing gear, engines, marine electronics, products and services, gifts and apparel.

“Though they comprise one of the largest sailboat markets in the U.S., Texas and Southwest boaters are still looking to establish brand loyalties,” show president Peter Bryant said. “We are steering our marketing and advertising strategies toward that market to ensure this group of boaters is aware of the show’s scope of exhibitors and the seminar program. This is a significant group to explore.”

The show will feature hourly seminars across the four days of the show, hosted by industry experts; free Discover Sailing sailboat rides; and the Sail America Village, relocated this year to be nearer the docks and positioned in the center of the show.

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