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The 45th Annual Tampa Boat Show

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On: Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 1:46PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

There is something for everyone at the 45th annual Tampa Boat Show, which is just around the corner, from September 10th through the 12th at the Tampa Convention Center at 333 South Franklin Street, in downtown Tampa. Thousands of boating enthusiasts from all walks of life will be there to observe the largest boat show in the Bay Area. The Convention Center is the best place to see and purchase new boats, boating gear ,and marine accessories. There are boats for every activity and budget, from luxury yachts to fishing and cruising boats, and personal watercraft displayed on land and in water. You will also find the latest in boat engines, electronics, accessories, and fishing gear.

There are exhibits for the entire family, such as a free powerboat ride or seminars to learn useful fishing tips from the local area’s top fishermen. You can also explore the latest in eco-friendly boating at the Green Boating Zone.

Take advantage of a variety of interactive, educational on-the-water programs to help you get started in boating or improve your boating skills. This year's Discover Boating Dock will feature the following activities:
•The Ski Boat Experience—featuring a 30-minute ski boat adventure on a MasterCraft
•Close Quarter Boat Handling—daily instruction covering docking skills and close-quarter maneuvering aboard outboard-powered vessels
• Introduction to Sailing
• Maneuvering and docking on a 40ft twin inboard powerboat

For the kids, meet Bikini Bottom's favorite character; Nickelodeon's SpongeBob Square Pants who will be making a special appearance at the show. He will be in person to greet fans and pose for pictures Saturday and Sunday.

See one of the world's fastest offshore racing boats powered by the same turbine engines that flew missions in the Gulf War; Miss GEICO is capable of reaching speeds of more than 185 miles per hour and has set two world records.

Women on the Water classes will be offered, topics include:
•Useful knot tying techniques
•Safe trailering tips
•Ramp management
• Boat functionality
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Don’t miss the excitement of this year’s 45th annual Tampa Boat show, whether you are a seasoned boater, or even if you have never had a boat.It’s a great way to find out more about the sport of boating before making the commitment to own one. Once most folks experience the fun, they realize that life is better with a boat, and the door to many adventures and fun experiences will immediately be opened. But don’t forget to brush up on boating safety and create a checklist to make sure your new boat is well equipped for the unexpected before taking it out for the first time.

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