This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Fla., the International Multihull Boat Show in France, the Strictly Boaters Boat Show in Cape May, N.J., an autism benefit at Metan Marine in Halifax, Mass., and two ethanol safety seminars in Wisconsin.
The 31st annual Suncoast Boat Show will take place April 19-21 at Marina Jack, located at 2 Marina Plaza in downtown Sarasota, Fla.
The Gulf Coast's leading boat dealers will display hundreds of boats, including personal watercraft, center consoles, cruisers, sportfishers and motoryachts.
For those looking for a smaller, more affordable way to get on the water, the show brings a great selection of paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. In addition, exhibit tents and boats on land will enhance the show experience with a full range of marine electronics, products and accessories. With onsite restaurants, plenty of downtown parking and convenient access, the show is one of the Gulf Coast's premier boating events.
"With more than 30 years in Sarasota, the Suncoast Boat Show is an annual attraction that boaters from the region look forward to year after year," Dane Graziano, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Show Management, the company that manages and produces the show, said in a statement. "The show offers a great setting for boaters of all types to get together, enjoy the day and check out all the latest and greatest gear and designs."
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The fourth International Multihull Boat Show will take place Wednesday through Sunday this week at La Grande Motte, a seaside resort in the south of France.
The city of Grand Mottoise will offer visitors many free events, including kite demonstrations, sand sculptures, photo exhibits, conferences and sea tours. Additional floating docks will change the face of the marina.
For its second Mediterranean edition, a special “charter with crew” will be settled at the harbor master office docks, and visitors will see another facet of sailing and multihull. The boats will accommodate beginners and experienced sailors.
Across a floating catwalk, visitors can find the exhibitors’ village, located at the western part of the show, where multihull sailing industry ship chandlers, sail makers and electronics, services and charter companies will be featured.
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The Strictly Boaters Boat Show will take place May 3-5 at the South Jersey Marina in Cape May, N.J.
Strictly Boaters offers serious boating enthusiasts a VIP, on-water venue to view select new boat inventory and products from numerous boat dealers and boat manufacturers.
Many of the makes and models from 18 to 65 feet will be displayed in the water and available for sea trial to qualified customers. Electronics, outfitting and other related products will also be on display.
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Metan Marine is raffling a 13-foot Metan VB Boston Whaler at its Open House Benefit for Autism, which takes place from 3-6 p.m. on April 27 at Metan Marine in Halifax, Mass.
Metan will offer live music, Italian food and drinks at the event, and will raffle one of its vintage 1960s, fully restored Boston Whalers with motor and trailer at 5 p.m.
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The Renewable Fuels Association and CN Railway will co-host two ethanol safety seminars in Wisconsin.
A seminar in Stanley, Wis., will be held April 16 at the Stanley Fire Department and is co-hosted by Ace Ethanol LLC.
A second seminar will be held April 17 in the auditorium of the Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids. That session is co-hosted by Big River Resources Boyceville LLC.
Both seminars are free and feature a morning session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an evening session from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be provided.
The goal of the seminars is for attendees to gain full ethanol emergency response training experience that they can put to use immediately in the field, as well as pass along to other first-response teams. A majority of the training is based on the Complete Training Guide to Ethanol Emergency Response, a training package created by the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition that has been distributed throughout the United States and to several countries worldwide.