Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Tampa (Fla.) Boat Show, the United States Sailboat Show and the United States Powerboat Show.

Thousands of new and seasoned boaters are expected to visit the 46th annual Tampa (Fla.) Boat Show, set for Sept. 9-11.

In addition to boats and marine products on land and in the water, the Tampa Bay area’s largest boat show offers seminars and attractions for boaters of all ages and experience levels.

Highlights include:

• Meet the Harris brothers, Jake and Josh, from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” They are sons of the late Capt. Phil Harris and deckhands on the Cornelia Marie.

• The Discover Boating Resource Center allows boaters of all ages to take advantage of free interactive and educational on-the-water programs to hone their skills. This year’s courses include ski boat rides, close-quarters boat handling, an introduction to sailing and free boat rides to experience the fun of boating.

• The Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team cruises into the show with giveaways, games and special appearances by players.

• The Fishing Center offers free daily fishing educational sessions from the area’s top anglers.

• Preshow shopping: The show’s newest online offering allows attendees to preshop the 2011 show for deals on the newest boats. Show-goers can plan ahead and search boats by brand, model and more and schedule dealer appointments.

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October marks the 42nd annual United States Sailboat Show and the 40th annual United States Powerboat Show. Both Annapolis, Md.-based shows are produced annually by United States Yacht Shows Inc.

The United States Sailboat Show, set for Oct. 6-10, is recognized as the nation’s oldest and largest in-water show of new sailboats. It will feature hundreds of new sailboats, ranging from inflatable and one-design boats and modest family weekend racer/cruisers to impressive yachts of all sizes.

Special show features include the premiere of more than two dozen new boat designs, free seminars by Cruising World and Chesapeake Bay magazines and the Hendrick’s Gin tasting barge bar.

The United States Powerboat Show is set for Oct. 13-16.

With hundreds of boats on land and in the water, the range and selection of new boats to see and buy includes inflatables, kayaks, electric and hybrid boats, recreational ski boats, center consoles, trawlers and yachts as large as 82 feet.

Hundreds of tents and booths will offer boating gear, accessories, clothing and jewelry.

Special features include “Take the Wheel” interactive boating class and boat demonstrations; Chesapeake Bay magazine’s free seminars; and Pusser’s Caribbean Grille’s Painkiller Barge Bar.

Together the shows attract more than 100,000 people from across the country and the world.


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