Upcoming boat show roundup


The 80th annual Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show runs Jan. 13-17 at McCormick Place.

New features of this year's show include Adopt-a-Dog, an antique boat and motor display, DockDogs, a historical fishing display, a Pirates of Colonial America exhibit and more.

The show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

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Sail America announced that Strictly Sail Pacific will return April 15-18 to its former exclusive sail-only format at the newly renovated Jack London Square in Oakland, Calif.

The show will feature an enhanced layout, more convenient parking, indoor exhibit space and numerous attractions and special features.

"We all agree that sailing needs a strong presence on the West Coast and we have renewed our commitment to producing the best possible show for our exhibitors and attendees alike," Sail America executive director Jonathan Banks said in a statement. "The Bay Area is one of the nation's most active sailing markets and our show location on the waterfront sets the mood for sailing."

As a result of exhibitor and attendee feedback, the show shifts to a four-day format to help reduce overall costs. Another key change includes moving the majority of the booth exhibitors to a 30,000-square-foot indoor facility that will accommodate approximately 150 booths.

Also new for 2010 is the addition of premium used boats in the in-water section of the show that is designed to enhance the show by providing attendees with a wider selection of boats to view. The small-boat section will also be expanded to include affordable dinghies, trailerable boats and one-design classes.

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