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U.S. Powerboat Show opens Thursday

The United States Powerboat Show will open at 10 a.m. Thursday at the City Dock in Annapolis, Md.

The four-day show starts with a VIP day for serious buyers and will continue through Sunday.

Organizers said the show will feature more than 450 boats, ranging from motoryachts and Down East-style boats to high-performance models and fishing boats from more than 50 manufacturers, including Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Pursuit, Southport, Viking and Wellcraft. There also will be inflatables, paddleboards and kayaks.

Boats expected to premiere at the show include the Cobia 280DC, a pair of models from Crownline Boats, the Fairline 65 Squadron and Targa 63 GTO, the Grady-White 325, the outboard-powered Regal 33 Bow Rider and two new center consoles from Tidewater.

A Demo Dock will let buyers try before they buy. Enthusiasts who want to learn more about stabilization systems will want to check out the Seakeeper demo boat. Also on hand will be an Everglades 325 with Seastar Solutions’ Optimus 360 control, a joystick system that’s compatible with Yamaha and Suzuki outboards in a variety of configurations.

Evinrude will have two boats with its E-TEC G2 outboards, and Yamaha will have four demo boats. Beacon Light Marina will have a Yamaha 242 Limited S jetboat available for rides, and Waterfront Marine is scheduled to display a Chaparral 243 VRX.

For boaters who want to improve their skills, Cruisers University offers classes on boat preparedness that will take place at the Naval Academy Club. More than 50 classes are available in one-to-four-day programs.

Seminars also will be held on Friday and Saturday for those who want to improve their skills in a less intense environment.

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