Washington Boat ShowMore than 500 new boats will dock at...

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February 20, 1997|By Karin Remesch

Washington Boat Show

More than 500 new boats will dock at the Washington Convention Center from Wednesday through March 2. Skippers can board motor yachts, express cruisers and performance boats. There's also a colorful collection for sailboaters, including the East Coast debut of the Hobie Cat Trifoiler -- at 40 mph the world's fastest production sailboat. Fishermen will be able to toss their lines toward sportfishing boats. And water-sport fans can check out the latest in personal watercraft.

The show also offers display booths featuring marine products and tips on financing, insuring and maintaining boats, along with information on powerboat and sailing schools.

Show hours are noon to 9: 30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12. The convention center is at 900 Ninth St. N.W. Call (703) 569-7141. Municipal, bottled and sparkling waters from across the globe will be quaffed this weekend by a panel of travel and food writers, who will judge each class at the Seventh Annual Toast to the Tap, an international water tasting competition at the Coolfont Resort in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Atlantic City, N.J., Charleston W.Va., and Sweet Springs Natural Mountain Water will be among those defending previous titles.

Start the weekend at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at The Country Inn, where you can meet the bottlers and judges. On Saturday, taste the competing waters along with the panel of judges. The competition starts at 3: 30 p.m. and continues with a reception and awards presentation at 9 p.m. The black-tie or bib-overall-optional event features foods from local restaurants, entertainment and bottling exhibits. Other activities are planned throughout the weekend.

Except for a $25 registration fee for a water seminar on Friday, all events are free. For a complete schedule and information, call (800) 447-8797.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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