Winter boat show roundup


The 57-foot Nordhavn that brought Newport, R.I., filmmaker and adventurer Sprague Theobald through the Northwest Passage last summer will be on exhibit Jan. 29-Feb. 6 at the Seattle Boat Show.

The vessel, named Bagan, voyaged through the seas of the Arctic Circle as Theobald and his crew left Newport June 15 to make their way past Canada, Greenland, Cambridge Bay, Alaska, and finally ending their journey Nov. 5 in Seattle. The passagemaker withstood being frozen in ice for two days 50 miles north of Gjoa Haven, near Cambridge Bay.

"I think this will be a lot of fun for our guests - a very cool addition to the show," said Bonnie Bergquist, executive director of the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association, co-producer (along with the Northwest Marine Trade Association) of the Seattle Boat Show, in a statement. "It will be a prime opportunity for people to meet a great adventurer as well as learn more about the obscure Arctic cruising grounds."

Theobald acquired Bagan in 2007 in Dana Point, Calif., through Nordhavn brokerage. The full-displacement boat weighs 60 tons and will be one of 100 in-water boat displays at the show. At the Qwest Field Center, guests to the show will be treated to an in-depth discussion of the trip by Theobald, who will also be available to answer questions.

A full account of Theobald's trip can be found here.

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The 105th New York Boat Show is slated to be held Jan. 20-24 at the Javits Center in New York City.

The show will feature more than 1,000 boats from sportfishing boats to personal watercraft on display. New features include a Miss Boat Show 2010 Bikini Contest, a Wing-A-Thon wing eating contest and Fish Tales, a chance for anglers to provide their best fishing stories for a chance to win a $999 Lowrance fishfinder and chart plotter. The Affordability Pavilion returns with vessels that can be financed for under $250 a month and the Miss Geico racing powerboat will also be on display.

"It's no doubt New York is a stressful city, and so it's not surprising we see buyers from throughout the region who, after spending time on their friend's boats, come to the show to buy their own so they can take out their loved ones and enjoy the unique advantage of escaping whatever stress they have on land," said show manager Jon Pritko in a statement.

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The Halifax International Show will be held Feb. 18-21 at Exhibition Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The show will feature sailboats and powerboats as well as personal watercrafts. Currently, the bulk space for the show is almost sold out.

"Even during these economic slowdowns, Atlantic Canadians are looking for affordable fun and recreation. Boating and water sports still top that list for many," show manager Scott Sprague said in a statement. "Dealers are aware of this and most realize that a trade show is the best medium to meet their customers face to face."

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The Southern California Marine Association announced its boat show schedule for 2010, kicking off with the 54th Los Angeles Boat Show Feb. 18-21 at the L.A. Convention Center.

"We're very pleased that the Automobile Club of Southern California has renewed their title sponsorship role of our 2010 boat show series for another three years," SCMA executive director Dave Geoffroy said in a statement. "We have an excellent working relationship and the partnership between SCMA and Auto Club will hopefully continue for many years to come.

Additional shows include the 18th Orange County Boat Show, held April 30-May 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center, the 24th Spring Boat Show, held June 18-20 at Fairplex, Pomona, the seventh annual San Diego Yacht and Boat Show, held July 22-25 at Harbor Island/Sheraton Marina/Cancer Survivors Park, and the 42nd Long Beach Yacht and Boat Show, held Sept. 9-12 at Shoreline Village Marina.

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The Spring Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo, sponsored by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, will be held May 14-16 at First Energy Park in Lakewood, N.J.

The inaugural show was held in September at the same location and had more than 1,600 people in attendance with more than 100 boats on display. The upcoming show will feature new and used boats and accessories and all proceeds will go back to the MTA/NJ to support, promote and protect the recreational boating industry in the state.

"I was extremely pleased with the fall show and proud to be a part of it," said Rick Traber, MTA/NJ president, in a statement. "I am excited that we were able to respond to our members and present a spring event at the same great venue and I am looking forward to all that it will offer."

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The San Diego Marine Exchange will be bringing back YachtFest San Diego Sept. 16-19.

The show, which will be held at the Island Palms Hotel and Marina, will feature more than 30 superyachts, most larger than 80 feet. Attendees can tour these luxurious yachts, meet with sales and charter brokers and see the latest in yachting products.

"This year's show featured an impressive lineup of large yachts and achieved our second highest attendance in show history," said Doug Sharp, show board chair, in a statement. "We look forward to YachtFest San Diego 2010, as our city's yachting industry continues to grow and San Diego gains recognition as a top yachting destination."

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