This roundup of shows and events includes news from the Lake Havasu Boat Show in Arizona, the SailQuest Boat Show in Connecticut and the Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association.
The 22nd Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show will take place April 19-21 at Lake Havasu State Park in Arizona.
The show is presented by the Lake Havasu Marine Association and sponsored by Teague Custom Marine.
“We’re doing everything possible to accommodate all the exhibitor and vendor requests which are coming in,” show organizer Bob Brown said in a statement. “Based upon early results from other boat shows around the country, it appears that the recreational boating industry is finally enjoying a modest rebound. Attendance figures are trending upward and we are certainly seeing more optimism on the part of our participating exhibitors. It’s been a long dry spell, and it’s encouraging to see boat sales begin to turn around.”
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The SailQuest Boat Show will return May 17-19 to Milford Lisman Landing Marina in Milford, Conn. The family-oriented show will feature new sailboats, trawlers, Down East-style powerboats, kayaks, paddle boards and select brokerage yachts for sale, ranging from 12 to more than 50 feet.
Companies will be on-site offering small boats, gear and other products and services, including financing and insurance. Attendees will be able to take advantage of daily introduction-to-sailing opportunities.
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SeaPlan, the Northeast Regional Ocean Council, the Connecticut Marine Trades Association and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will host a free workshop April 3 to discuss the state of the industry.
Attendees can learn about and provide input on the 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey results, a study to characterize the spatial and economic activity associated with the recreational boating industry in the Northeast.
Guests will also receive an update on regional ocean planning efforts, help identify issues facing the recreational boating industry and discuss how ocean planning can address these issues.
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The Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association is hosting a free seminar with Nicole Trenholm of NOAA’s Ocean Research Division at the group’s monthly meeting on March 25.
The event will be at Annapolis Elks Lodge No. 622 in Edgewater, Md., at 6:30 p.m.