Winter boat show preview

Published online: Nov 12, 2009 News
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The 56th annual St. Louis Boat & Sportshow returns Feb. 10-14 to America's Center and Edward Jones Dome.

This year's show will include hundreds of exhibitors displaying the latest in boats, marine accessories and outdoor fishing and hunting travel destinations at some of the best deals of the year.

"The St. Louis Boat & Sportshow provides visitors with a unique opportunity in the middle of winter to take advantage of the best bargains of the season and experience all the outdoors has to offer," show manager Mark Adams said in a statement.

"Whether you're looking to enhance your current fishing and hunting outdoor experience, or just getting started in the process of purchasing a boat, this five-day event is the ultimate winter destination to view the latest in outdoor products, features and accessories," he added.

Hundreds of boats and a wide selection of the latest outdoors accessories will be showcased at the 2010 event, totaling millions in merchandise. In addition to the latest boats and accessories, visitors to the 2010 St. Louis Boat & Sportshow can find a variety of special features, including an Affordability Pavilion, new pre-show shopping, archery competitions, boating seminars and more.

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The 69th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami is set for Feb. 11-15.

The five-day event draws tens of thousands of visitors each year and hosts more than 2,000 exhibitors from around the world, filling the Miami Beach Convention Center and Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center with thousands of boats and hundreds of booths showcasing the latest gear and accessories.

For the first time, powerboat and sailing enthusiasts can gather in one location to see the best of everything as Strictly Sail Miami moves from its traditional venue at Miamarina at Bayside to Sea Isle Marina, joining forces with the Miami International Boat Show's powerboat in-water portion.

"There is no other boating event in the world that provides boating enthusiasts with the opportunity to shop the best and biggest selection of boats and accessories at unprecedented deals," said Cathy Rick-Joule, vice president of southern shows, in a statement.

Other features of the show include an Affordability Pavilion, the Big Game Room, Discover Boating Center, the Miami Herald's Discover Boating photo contest and more.

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