NMMA adds pirate exhibit to boat shows

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Pirates are coming to three of the 2010 National Marine Manufacturers Association boat shows.

The Pirates of Colonial America will appear at the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow (Jan. 7-10), Chicago Boat, RV, & Outdoors Show (Jan. 13-17), and Minneapolis Boat Show (Jan. 20-24). The exhibit will feature interactive exhibits for both children and adults on how pirates played a role in early colonial America, from selling colonists inexpensive untaxed goods to the start of the first North American college.

"For years, visitors have come to NMMA boat shows for an experience the entire family can enjoy," said Ben Wold, executive vice president of NMMA. "The Pirates of Colonial America exhibit offers a special uniqueness to these three shows, allowing visitors to learn more about the history of pirates and boating in an exciting, interactive atmosphere."

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The 31st Atlantic City International Power Boat Show runs Feb. 3-7.

The show will feature hundreds of vessels ranging from luxury yachts to sport fishing boats, runabouts and personal watercraft. New features include a Thursday fish fry, where attendees can sample local area fish, and a fish tales contest, where the angler who tells the best fishing story can win a Lowrance fishfinder/chart plotter.

"The Atlantic City International Power Boat Show is a can't-miss event, providing boating enthusiasts the opportunity to benefit from the best deals of the year and experience all that the boating lifestyle has to offer" show manager Jonathan Pritko said. "Whether you come to the show to buy a new boat, accessorize your current boat or check out the dozens of fun features and seminars, you'll find that it's a great way to spend the day."

Making its return will be the Affordability Pavilion, a special display that offers a selection of boats that can be financed for $250 a month or less; and daily seminars on boating, fishing and other water-related topics.

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