Peter Baker's journal.BOAT SHOW OPENS TOMORROW The boating...

Peter Baker's journal

February 05, 1993

Peter Baker's journal

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BOAT SHOW OPENS TOMORROW The boating industry has been flat for a couple of years, except for modest annual sales gains in smaller boats such as canoes, personal watercraft and runabouts or day boats.

This year, the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, which opens tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center, is targeting fishermen, water-skiers and family groups with clinics, seminars and special family admission prices on Feb. 12.

Chesapeake Bay anglers take their fishing seriously," said show manager Jim Ranieri. "And this show is dedicated to the angler who is looking for the sport's proven techniques and gear."

Again this year, Rich Novotny, executive director of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, will give a series of free seminars on trolling for rockfish and bluefish.

Mark Hoos of the Fishing Shop also will be back with sessions on fresh and saltwater fishing.

New on this year's agenda will be bass fishing pro Tommy Martin, who will be at the show only on Wednesday, when he is scheduled for a session on bass fishing at 6:30 p.m.

Novotny and Hoos will appear on Saturdays and Sundays. The show closes Feb. 14.

Tomorrow and Sunday, MasterCraft Pro Team member Skip Gilkerson, former national speed skiing champion, will hold a series of water-skiing clinics for beginner and intermediate skiers.

A boating basics fair is scheduled for Feb. 13. The fair is intended to provide insight into ownership, boat operations and safety for first-time buyers.

The show, which is in its 39th year in Baltimore, has hundreds of exhibitors of new and used boats, plus lenders and equipment and tackle dealers.

But while the seminars will bring some people into the show, the real draw will be the new boats for 1993.

According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, interest rates on new boats are close to all-time lows and prices on new boats are down from last year.

One of the hottest items is the jet boat, which Boston Whaler introduced last year in its Rage model, a 14-footer that seats four and does about 35 mph.

"The innovation of Boston Whaler's Rage really opened up a section of the market that hadn't been tapped," said Rick Boulay of Baltimore Chris Craft.

The small jet boats are a step above the personal watercraft such as jet skis, which are restricted to daytime use. The jet boats offer the excitement of a personal watercraft but may be used as any other boat.

CALENDAR

Tomorrow-Sunday: Sail Expo at the Atlantic City Convention Center. A show designed for newcomers to sailing, but also a comprehensive display of boats, equipment and accessories from all major builders. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Admission for adults is $15 per day or $25 for multi-day admission. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Tomorrow-Feb. 14: Chesapeake Bay Boat Show at the Baltimore Convention Center. Show opens at 11 a.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Friday, Feb. 12 is family day and children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent. Call (215)449-9910.

Tomorrow-Feb. 15: Eastern Sports, Boating, Camping, Travel and Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Retail exhibits, fishing and hunting demonstrations, knife-throwing and tomahawk-throwing contests and auctions. Show opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and at 11 a.m. on weekdays. Admission is $9 for adults, $2 for children from 6 to 12. Children under 6 will be admitted free.

Tomorrow: MCM hike along the Mason Dixon Trail and the Susquehanna River. Call (410) 740-9754.

Sunday: Fisherman's flea market sponsored by the Adams County Bassmasters at the Greenmount Firehall, 15 miles south of Gettysburg, Pa., on business Route 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $1. Children under 10 admitted free.

Sunday: MCM hike along the Little Patuxent River from Savage to Guilford. Call (410) 821-1988.

Feb. 10: MCM hike along the Patapsco River in the Hilton Area. Call (410) 674-6595.

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