St. Petersburg show set to open Thursday

The 39th annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday.
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Organizers said the show will have nearly 4,000 square feet of additional exhibit space this year.

Organizers said the show will have nearly 4,000 square feet of additional exhibit space this year.

The 39th annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The largest in-water boat show on Florida’s Gulf Coast will be larger than ever this year 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,” said Dane Graziano, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, the company that owns and produces the show. “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.”

Show Management and Trade Only Today are owned by Active Interest Media.

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. Visitors can arrange test flights by visiting the ICON display.

A complete list of boats and products can be found on the show’s website or by downloading the show’s app, MyBoatShow, which organizers said is available for Apple and Android platforms.

The show will offer free children’s fishing clinics on Saturday and Sunday.

Sail America will offer cruising seminars by Cruising Outpost and Harken, as well as its Discover Sailing series — hands-on clinics for novices and experienced sailors.

The Cruiser’s Party, presented by Cruising Outpost magazine, will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Gosling’s & Budweiser Floating Cocktail Lounge inside the show.

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