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The Boat Shows are Finally Here

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By the time you get this issue, the countdown to the Providence Boat Show will be up and boaters like you will be making your way to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence Jan. 31 – Feb. 2 to see boats, gear, and an incredible lineup of seminars and special events. Our own Capt. Jack Sprengel has brought high impact seminars back to this annual happening—but with a twist: he’s rounded up a group of specialists who may or may not be household names to you. “If you don’t recognize some names on the line up, it’s because they spend more time avoiding the spotlight rather than calling attention to what they are doing,” says Capt. Jack. “These guys are some of the best at what they do—and they come with my personal seal of approval.”

One great addition to this year’s show is a series of sea-to-table chef demonstrations. One of those demos is a special two-parter: Using two fresh, wild-caught tuna, Capt. Louis Defusco will demonstrate how to cut and process a whole tuna, and Chef Phyllis Affra of Blaze Restaurant will prepare that fish using the latest in American Fusion culinary technique. As Capt. Jack says, “Break out the camera phone for this one.”

Bring the whole family to check out the fleet at the show. If you’re curious to see what Robalo has been up to, head to the booth for Don’s Marine; this Rhode Island outfit is bringing an entire fleet of Robalos, including the new R222, the largest center console in the Robalo lineup introduced for this season. You’ll also see Parker and Tidewater models at Don’s Marine booth; Pursuit, Cobia, and Key West models at the Striper Marina display; and the new Regulator 25 at the Ocean House Marina display.

There is an entire seminar series on navigation & seamanship—so if you want to learn how to maneuver your boat better in close quarters, or learn to use the new navigation smartphone and tablet apps that have flooded the marketplace, get yourself to Providence!

Long Island Boat Show follows close on PBS’s heels, February 7-9 at the Nassau Coliseum. According to the show’s organizer, Victor Mazzone, there is such a great buzz that the exhibitor booths are sold out.

Long Island’s best marinas, yacht brokers, gear providers and more will be strutting their stuff. Lighthouse Marina will feature the hot new 29 TE Design which adds such new amenities as the 29 CC except for the characteristics of the leaning post and additional rod holders—check it out!

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Wrapping up the list of Boat Shows is the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show February 22 – March 2 at the Boston Convention Center. Fans of the National Geographic Channel’s hit show, Wicked Tuna, will be thrilled for a chance to meet its star Dave Carraro, the fiercely competitive captain of the FV-Tuna.com who leads the Gloucester Fishing Charters. A current Massachusetts resident, Captain Dave mans the three-crew member vessel and hauls in record setting giant cod and tuna.

The 2014 Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show is the Northeast’s largest boating event. It features more than 750 motor- and sailboats, plus the latest on-the-water accessories. The show also offers seminars for DIY boaters, informational clinics for boaters and sailors of all experience levels and hands-on activities for young skippers and families.

Have a great month at the shows!

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