Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news about the On-Water Houseboat Expo in Kentucky, the Long Beach Yacht and Boat Show and the International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Houseboat magazine is presenting the On-Water Houseboat Expo Aug. 27-29 on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky.

"This is a great opportunity for attendees to experience houseboating as it is," expo producer Greg Larsen said in a statement.

The expo takes people to the dock to see what the houseboating lifestyle is like. And attendees can learn how to dock and navigate a boat with the return of the "hands-on" captain's course.

This year's expo will also feature the On-Dock Poker Run, as well as live entertainment on Friday and Saturday night.

"The scenery is there. The water and other boaters are there," Larsen adds. "It's a great way for a hesitant houseboat buyer to pull the trigger."

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The 42nd annual Long Beach Yacht and Boat Show is set for Sept. 9-12 at the Shoreline Village Marina.

The show is produced by the Southern California Marine Association and presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The Long Beach Yacht and Boat Show at Shoreline Village Marina is one of the West Coast's largest in-water and outdoor boat shows, featuring hundreds of new and brokerage motoryachts, cruisers, sailboats, fishing boats, performance sportboats, family trailerables, ski boats, pontoons, inflatables and personal watercraft.

The show also offers a wide assortment of marine electronics, hardware, safety equipment, insurance and financing.

This year, the boat show is again offering its on-water demo dock, allowing show attendees a chance to get out on the water with an experienced sailor and find out what boating is all about. The SCMA is presenting a multifaceted seminar program featuring nationally recognized speakers on a variety of marine-related topics.

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The Clean Marina Program committee is coordinating with the Association of Marina Industries to offer an all-day Clean Marina and Clean Boating workshop for program managers Jan. 26, 2011 at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

"We've been interested in developing a workshop for Clean Marina Program managers and partners in the Clean Marina Initiative for some time," said Anne Smith, marina technical advisory specialist with the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Extension Program, in a statement.

"It is our goal to give program managers a place to network with each other, discuss their state's program and issues they face, and receive updates on new regulations, technologies and topics that affect them," she added.

The tentative agenda includes sessions on pressure-washing regulations, marina regulations and new best management practices concerning boater discharges incidental to the normal operation of recreational boats; the role of federal and NGO partners in the Clean Marina program; and marketing the Clean Marina program.

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