U.S. Powerboat Show kicks off today

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Photo taken by Josh Davidson

The U.S. Powerboat Show opens today at City Dock in Annapolis, Md., and runs through Sunday.

Dealers will be conducting demonstrations and sea trials at the Demo Docks, with new engines, boats and stabilizing systems. Several boats will make their Mid-Atlantic debut at the show, including the Bertram 61, Princess V60 and Maritimo X60.

A VIP lounge offers seating, food and a bar, as well as a prequalification program through LH-Finance.

Brokerage Cove will display pre-owned boats.

Chesapeake Bay magazine and the Annapolis School of Seamanship have partnered to offer free seminars.

Cruisers University, which is sold out, will offer more than 50 classes for sailors and powerboaters. New this year is a Q&A program about “Formal Storm Planning for Marine Insurance Purposes,” hosted by Kerry Gonzalez, CEO and marketing director of AMG Insurance.

The BoatUS Foundation will offer on-water boat handling courses, with introductory courses and Women Making Waves costing $149 and a new course for teens costing $99.

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