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Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the London International Boat Show, the Baltimore Boat Show and the American Boat and Yacht Council.

Attendance at the London International Boat Show increased 7 percent this year as more than 100,000 people came to Excel London.

The boat show was held with The Outdoors Show and The London Bike Show. The three exhibitions together recorded 140,164 visitors.

"We have worked extremely hard to create a 10-day event that our exhibitors would be proud of and the response we have had from exhibitors and visitors is that the 'wow' factor is certainly back," Andrew Williams, show organizer and managing director of National Boat Shows, told Events magazine.

"The show has given us a very positive start to the new year and we are highly confident about the outlook for the rest of 2011," said John Bostock, managing director at SailTime, in a statement. "We launched our new crew membership scheme, which was received well, with several members joining up. Business signed at the show was up 50 percent on last year and leads were up by over 100 percent."

Raymarine also was among those reporting a strong show.

"On the Raymarine stand, our dealers are recording higher sales this year than in the last three years," U.K. sales manager Andy Davies said in a statement. "There's been a real buzz around the place."

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The Baltimore Boat Show runs Jan. 27-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

"The Baltimore Boat Show is the most effective and fun way to compare boats and visit with a number of boat dealers all in one place. There's no better way to get a great deal while getting up close and personal with some of the region's best and newest boats," show manager Tara Davis said in a statement. "Whether you're a longtime or novice boater, spending a day at the show will make sure you're ready to hit the water just as soon as the boating season starts later this year."

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces the show, reports that there's pent-up demand for boats and hopes to see buyers come out this year because of signs of economic recovery and growth in consumer spending.

The most recent data from the NMMA show that boating is still big business in the Chesapeake Bay area. The Delmarva area generated $785 million in boat and related sales in 2009 and is home to more than 505,000 registered boats.

Attractions at the show include Russell Newberry of the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," who will be available daily to meet and greet fans; seminars with pros from the Annapolis School of Seamanship and others; and a crab pickin' contest.

For children, there are hands-on sessions or interactions with marine life on the Fishmobile and special appearances by SpongeBob Squarepants and guest marine biologist and "Shark Week" expert Andy Dehart.

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The American Boat and Yacht Council added a webinar to its lineup.

Scott Lewit will present: "Innovations in Lightweight Construction for Composite Boats" at 1:30 p.m. (EST) Feb. 23.

The webinar will discuss numerous approaches that composite boatbuilders can use to reduce weight while having a minimal impact on cost. Details of ongoing Navy-funded research into lightweight boats will be presented, along with opportunities to apply the Navy-funded technology to the broader recreational boat market.

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