New York Boat Show Kicks Off 2012 Boat Show Season Jan. 4-8

NEW YORK — The New York Boat Show, the granddaddy of all boat shows, opens January 4-8 at the Javits Center packed wall to wall with the latest boats and boating accessories.

According to the show promoters, nearly 50,000 New Yorkers are expected to head to the New York Boat Show that also features interactive education offerings for enthusiasts of all ages. Lifelong boaters and those just discovering the boating lifestyle have the unique chance to shop and compare boats side by side to find competitive deals on everything from luxury motor yachts and sport fishers to performance boats, fishing and watersports gear, boating clubs and vacations, marine electronics, and thousands of boating accessories.

Affordable entry-level fishing, pontoon & cruising boats: While recreational boating in the U.S. is perceived to be an activity for the affluent, research shows that 83% of boat owners have a household income under $100,000, and an estimated 95% of boats on the water today are 26 feet or less. Yamaha, one of the leading manufacturers in the 19′ to 25′ category, is unveiling six new affordable models at the show starting at $24,999.

Power Boat Docking Challenge: New and experienced boaters will become more confident behind the helm at the Power Boat Docking Challenge. This interactive experience pits show participants against one another as they compete against the clock. Participants will steer and dock a 4′, twin engine, remote-controlled powerboat from an actual life-size boat helm then down a 20′ pool into a slip at a marina.

Meet & Greet Discovery Channel’s Swamp Brothers, Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants: Meet Robbie & Stephen Keszey, from Discovery Channel’s hit show Swamp Brothers, to get the inside scoop on life within Florida’s largest exotic reptile sanctuary, plus bring the kids to see Patrick Star from SpongeBob SquarePants.

Fishing University, DIY Seminars & New Interactive Education Series: Boaters just getting started can hit the Welcome to the Water Center to get unbiased expert advice, budget-friendly tips, local resources and free daily seminars from “The Boating Guy”; do-it-yourselfers and boat owners interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading their boat or engine can head to Fred’s Shed DIY Seminars & Interactive Learning Center for practical, professional advice; and beginners and experienced boaters alike can take their skills to the next level with a variety of three-hour interactive Premier Boating Workshops offered by The Annapolis School of Seamanship Jan. 6-8 from 9am-noon before the show opens each day (Pre-registration is required).

WHEN: Wednesday-Sunday, January 4-8; Wed/Thu/Fri: Noon-9pm; Sat: 10am-9pm; Sun: 10am-6pm

WHERE: Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY

TICKETS: $14 for adults; children 15 and under get in FREE


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