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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Newport Boat Show in California, the Middle Bay Boat Show in Virginia, Sea Sense and the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show.

Southern Californians will have an opportunity to step aboard and compare nearly 250 of the West's largest and most luxurious big boats and yachts April 28-May 1 when the Newport Boat Show returns to Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach.

The show will feature a wide selection of 35- to 65-foot pleasure craft, including sportfishers, long-range trawler yachts, sport yachts, family cruisers and motoryachts.

Show-goers can explore more than 400,000 square feet of floating dock exhibits and boardwalk displays and they will find a large selection of boating accessories and services at the event.

The Newport Boat Show is produced by Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., the publisher of Sea Magazine, Boating World, The Log Newspaper, FishRap and Editor & Publisher, and the producer of the Lido Yacht Expo.

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Norview Marina of Deltaville, Va., will host the first Middle Bay Boat Show, which runs April 30-May 1.

The show will feature boat brands that include Grady-White, Pro-Line, Parker, Sea Fox, Tidewater, Edgewater, Judge Yachts, Key West, Chaparral, Scout, Trophy and Polar.

More than 30 exhibitors will showcase everything from fishing equipment and marine electronics to custom canvas products and marine fuel-polishing services.

"The upper Bay enjoys several great shows in the spring and fall, and Richmond has the Richmond Raceway February boat show. We wanted to bring people out to the Middle Bay to leverage the momentum of the raceway show," Norview Marina owner Ernie Asaff said in a statement.

"We also wanted to create some magnetism around Deltaville, Va., which itself is an historically important boatbuilding and servicing location, as well as a great cruising and fishing destination," he added.

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Sea Sense scheduled its next women-only instructional course for June 6-10.

The five-day, four-night liveaboard class includes the boat, accommodations on board, instruction, all fuel and dockage fees and provisioning for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Sea Sense also recently added single-engine trawler training in Sarasota, Fla. These new courses are both the traditional scheduled classes for women and customized instructional charters for couples, families and groups. Training is conducted aboard a 42-foot Nordic Tug trawler yacht, fully equipped from galley to flybridge with every modern amenity.

Students will be shown up-to-date systems and equipment, including bow and stern thrusters, sophisticated electronics and an engine room layout ideal for identifying and understanding boat systems. Classes can be scheduled from May through October.

For information, call Sea Sense at (800) 332-1404 or e-mail

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Organizers changed the dates of the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show because of a change in dates for the Chicago Air Show.

The show will now run Aug. 25-28 in Michigan City, Ind.