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St. Petersburg show returns in December

The St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show is set for Dec. 1-4.

The St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show is set for Dec. 1-4 at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Now in its 39th year, the boat show will be larger than ever with the addition of more than 50 boats and nearly 4,000 square feet of additional exhibit space.

The multifaceted show will include hundreds of powerboats, sailboats, marine electronics and accessories, as well as special events and educational activities for all ages, interests and experience levels.

"Last year's show saw a considerable increase in attendance and a 45 percent increase in new in-water boats on display, and this year promises to be even bigger and better," Show Management senior vice president and COO Dane Graziano said in a statement.

Show Management, the company that owns and produces the show, and Trade Only Today, are both owned by Active Interest Media.

"The St. Petersburg community-orientated waterfront is an ideal spot for boating enthusiasts, interested buyers and families to come together and enjoy many things that are new to boating and life around the water,” Graziano said.

Highlights for this year's show will include the newest 75-foot Viking motoryacht, the 75-foot Prestige, among many other new and brokerage powerboats, in addition to sailboat brands such as Catalina, Hunter, Jeanneau, Fountaine-Pajot, Gemini and Beneteau.

The ICON A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft also will be on display at the show. Attendees can visit the ICON display to arrange a test flight.

A complete list of boats and products can be found on the show's website or by downloading its app, MyBoatShow, available for both Apple and Android platforms.

Seminars, sailing clinics and entertainment will be offered daily, including free children’s fishing clinics, called Hook the Future, on Dec. 3-4 for kids ages 4-16. Capt. Don Dingman will take children through educational stations, where they will learn basic fishing techniques and win prizes.

Sail America’s Cruising Seminars, sponsored by Cruising Outpost and Harken, will offer more than 100 free and paid seminars in four tents. Experts will host additional series, including senior meteorologist, lecturer and author “The Weather Guy,” Lee Chesneau; outfitting and cruising consultant Pam Wall; and author of the Book of Sail, Bill Cullen.

Seminar series topics will include weather, tides, cooking, celestial navigation, cruising on a budget, voyage planning, electronics, cruising for couples, storm strategies and more.

Sail America Discover Sailing Series will invite attendees to learn new skills and improve their sailing abilities with on-the-water, hands-on clinics. From free boat rides offered daily to classes that include docking, anchoring, and catamaran sailing, Sailing Florida Charters will provide boats and American Sailing Association-certified instructors.

The Cruiser’s Party, presented by Cruising Outpost Magazine, will take place Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. on the Gosling’s and Budweiser Floating Cocktail Lounge inside the show.

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