Huge Washington Boat Show

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February 13, 2003|By Lori Sears

Ahoy, mate! The Washington Boat Show takes over the Washington Convention Center today through Monday. And we do mean "takes over." As in 7 acres of display areas filled with 500 boats. It's no wonder it's the largest indoor boat show on the East Coast.

Visitors can see the newest models, including motor yachts, power catamarans, express cruisers, fishing boats, runabouts, sailboats and boats for water-skiing.

More than 200 exhibitor booths offer boating accessories and gadgets, equipment, electronics, nautical clothing and more. Experts will be on hand to discuss how to choose a boat, finance it, insure it, maintain it and enjoy it.

Attractions this year include the $775,000 "Queen of the Show," the 51-foot Sea Ray 460 Sundancer; the first-ever U.S. showing of the 43-foot 3970 Cruiser Express; and the show's fastest boat, the 38-foot Formula Fastech.

The Washington Boat Show runs noon-9:30 p.m. today-tomorrow, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Monday, at the Washington Convention Center, 9th Street and New York Avenue Northwest. $9; $4 ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under. Call 703-823-7960.

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