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Winter is the season for boat shows

Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

It’s boat show time in Tennessee.

This year’s Nashville Boat & Sport Show runs Thursday through Sunday at the Nashville Convention Center. The old cliché “There is something for everyone” fits this year’s schedule very well.

A new attraction is “The Queen of the Show” award. If you are thinking it’s tall, blond and gorgeous — think again. She is gorgeous at 41.5 feet long and 13 feet wide. She weighs in at 23,724 pounds, holds 255 gallons of fuel and 60 gallons of fresh water.

Decked out in ultra-leather, she sashays around the lake powered by twin Cummins Mercruiser diesel QSB 425 V-drives. This year, the queen’s crown belongs to the Sea Ray 410 Sundancer luxury sport yacht. Manufactured suggested retail price is $815,659, although it is show priced at only $669,000.

For those who have never owned a boat before, the show offers Boating 101 seminars for novice boaters where they can learn about boats, what boat may be best for their lifestyle and more.

The show features boats big and small with Paddlefest. With the recent increase in popularity of paddle sports, visitors have the opportunity to test drive kayaks, fishing kayaks, canoes and paddleboards in the pool. The small craft experts at Canoe Kentucky host the event.

The TWRA is offering a free boating safety course Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. There is no charge for the class but residents born after Jan. 1, 1989 must purchase a Boat Safety Exam Permit for $10. Permits are available at any license dealer and must be secured before coming to the show. Note that upon completion of the class show admission is free.

Anglers are always at the forefront of the show and this year is no exception. Fishing seminars are scheduled daily from a host of both local and national speakers. On the agenda is Randy Howell Bassmaster Elite angler who has won almost $1.5 million. Kendall Newson, former Miami Dolphin wide receiver turned Bassmaster Open angler, will be there. Joey Monteleone, radio host and guide on Tennessee Wildside Television, is on the agenda. Finally, there is Captain Mike Davis, a pro angler and a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The Bass Tubs of Oklahoma fish tank will be on display loaded with huge variety of species. The tub offers a lifelike platform for pros to demonstrate techniques, which will help the audience, catch more fish.

Kids 12 and under will enjoy the thrill of actually catching a fish in the free trout pond and they may have their picture taken with none other than Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m..

Tims Ford Powersports in Winchester is the only local dealer listed at the show.

Admission to the Nashville Boat and Sport Show is $9  for adults 16 and over. Children 15 and under are free. In addition, all active military personnel will receive free admission with their ID. Thursday is customer appreciate day and admission for adults is only $6.

For more information go online to http://www.nashvilleboatshow.com/

By TOM WAYNICK, For The Moore County News

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