St. Petersburg show returns in December

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The 40th annual St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show, the largest in-water boat show on Florida's Gulf Coast, will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 along the downtown waterfront at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts-Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park.

Organizers said the show will feature nearly 400 boats in water and on land, including family cruisers, runabouts, fishing boats, sailing yachts and personal watercraft. A 40,000-square-foot exhibit tent will house marine gear.

New boats that will be on display this year include the Marlow Marine 85, 55 and 35 outboard; Four Winns Vista 375; Chaparral 337SSX; Everglades 325 CC; Cutwater 24; and the Ranger Tugs R-23.

The sailboat brands will include Catalina, Hunter, Jeanneau, Fountaine-Pajot, Gemini and Beneteau. A complete list of boats and products can be found on the show's website.

"We've enjoyed being a part of the St. Pete boating community for 40 years," Andrew Doole of Informa Exhibitions, the company that owns and produces the event, said in a statement. "Due to increasing demand for boats of all sizes and all the new marine gear that supports the boating lifestyle, we have added another 4,000 square feet of exhibit space to the show's footprint and 50 more boats than last year."

Organizers said the show also will feature educational activities and special events, including sailing clinics by Sail America, seminars by the IGFA School of Sportfishing and youth fishing clinics presented by the non-profit Hook the Future.

The annual Cruisers' Party, presented by Cruising Outpost Magazine, will be held on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. on the Gosling's & Budweiser Floating Cocktail Lounge inside the show.

The party will feature live entertainment, food, beverages and prizes. Guests must be inside the show before 7 p.m. to gain access to the event.