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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the 55th Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show, the Miami International Boat Show and the Phuket International Boat Show.

The 55th Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show, one of the longest-running boat shows and the largest indoor boat show in the country, began during the weekend with more than 1,000 powerboats, luxury cruisers, fishing boats and personal watercraft on display.

The show runs through Sunday at Reliant Center.

In addition to boats, the event features campers, trailers, RV accessories, golf carts, patio furniture and more on 16 acres of floor space.

"It's also a tremendous opportunity to learn all about boating and the outdoors in a family-friendly environment," show president Ken Lovell said in a statement. "We have all the information our attendees need to help them purchase the boat or camper of their dreams. And the best part: They can pick one out, finance it, and insure it - all under one roof."

Show activities include Fish-O-Rama, a longstanding tradition at the show and a great way to catch a prize rainbow trout; boatbuilding classes for kids; Camp Wake, an interactive wakeboarding training system; professional fisherman Chuck Devereaux's demonstration at the BASS Tub; and a boat display by the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

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Seakeeper is inviting boat owners and builders to come aboard the company's 43-foot Viking demo boat and experience its gyros firsthand at the Miami International Boat Show, which runs Feb. 17-21.

The craft will be in slip No. 120 at the Sea Isle Marina.

"Virtually eliminating boat rock and roll and the nauseating side effects these motions create, actively controlled Seakeeper gyros deliver a powerful righting force for unmatched stability at anchor, zero and low speeds or under way," the company said in a statement.

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Organizers of the eighth Phuket International Boat Show, which was held Jan. 6-9 in Thailand, say the event was a success, with more than $17 million in transactions reported.

More than 5,500 people attended the four-day event and there were record numbers on the opening day. Visitors came from all over Southeast Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as Europe.

"There has been a lot of interest, both in the water and in the exhibition hall. It's encouraging to see so many sales at the show. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive," show director Andy Dowden said in a statement.

PIMEX got off to a fast start with two confirmed boat sales on the first day. One Jaguar was sold. Boats included a Monterey 298SS Super Sport, sold by Derani Yachts, a 33-foot Fountain powerboat private sale and a 57-foot Jeanneau, by Lee Marine.

PIMEX 2011 featured 47 boats in the water ranging from 30-87 feet. There were 86 companies exhibiting at the show.

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