2nd Annual MAC Events Boat Show – Richmond - Opens Jan. 13 Greater Richmond Convention Center Hosts More Than 200 Boats Including Fully Rigged Sailboats, Free Seminars

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MAC Events 2nd Annual Central Virginia Boat & Water Sport Show will thrill & excite all that enter the Greater Richmond Convention Center, January 13-15, 2006. With interest in the event already soaring, the added dimension of a flotilla of sailboats, under full sail has raised attention in the event to another level.

MAC Events 2nd Annual Central Virginia Boat & Water Sport Show will thrill & excite all that enter the Greater Richmond Convention Center, January 13-15, 2006. With interest in the event already soaring, the added dimension of a flotilla of sailboats, under full sail has raised attention in the event to another level.

“We are very pleased to have good showing by sailboat dealers this year. Along with the fishing seminars by The Fisherman, they really round out the show,” said Kevin McLaughlin, show director and vice president of MAC Events. “This show truly reflects the way boaters enjoy the waters of central Virginia, from cruising the Chesapeake Bay to fishing the lakes and rivers.”

The MAC Events Boat Show - Richmond also will offer a selection of booth exhibitors – everything from the latest electronics and inflatable boats to marine supplies & equipment. Dealers from throughout the region are bringing the latest boat models by Boston Whaler, Cruiser Yachts, Carolina Classic, Larson, Regal Boats, C-Hawk, Pro-Line, Baja, Fountain, Ranger, Sea Ray, Polar, Judge Yachts, Silverton, Bryant Boats, Glacier Bay Catamarans, Albin, Scout and many other manufacturers. Some of the sailboats to highlight the event are Hunter Marine, Beneteau, Precision Boatworks, Catalina Yachts, and Hobie.

“This is a good time of year to buy a boat,” said John Degaetani, owner of John’s Marine Service, Burgess, VA. “Spring is right around the corner. People who wait until March might not get in the water until May. Some boats are so popular that if you wait until March to buy you won’t get it until next year.”

John’s Marine will exhibit several of Cobia’s new 19-foot center-console fishing boats in Bimini-top and T-top models. Powered by 4-stroke Yamaha outboards, the Cobias provide a dry ride and feature quality stainless steel hardware in models priced from low $20,000s.

“These are fishing boats but they have a lot of family-oriented features,” Degaetani said.

Chesapeake Yachts out of the Deltaville Yachting Center will exhibit Catalina’s 16.5-foot sailboat, a sloop ideal boat for a beginner sailor and priced around $6,000.

“This is good boat for lake sailing and we’re showing it because of all the lovely lakes in the Richmond and central Virginia area,” said Onna Grimm. Chesapeake Yachts sells Catalina models up to 39 feet. “The best way to learn to sail is on a small boat.”

Grimm and her husband Lew also will display Albin family cruisers and Carolina Classics, one of the serious offshore fishing boats at the show.

Dare Marina & Yacht Sales, Yorktown, VA, will exhibit Glacier Bay motor catamarans as well as boats by Edgewater and Pioneer.

Known for their smooth ride, fuel efficiency and quality, Glacier Bay boats include a new center console model, the 2665, which will be part of Dare Marine’s exhibit.

“This is the best-riding boat in its class,” said general manager Mike Hanna. “You can power it with anything you want, although we sell more Honda and Yamaha motors than anything else.”

Show director McLaughlin said The Fisherman’s seminars are a very popular part of the show because of their focus on species available in local waters.

“The Fisherman gets some of the most successful professional and sport anglers in the area as speakers,” McLaughlin said. “They share tips and techniques that work in local waters.”

Casting Demos At The Hawg Trough

Don't Miss the Hawg Trough, an exciting 45-foot, 4’ wide and 8’ deep 5,500 gallon aquarium glass-sided semi trailer filled with water, natural environment, and some of Virginia’s most enticing game fish, including large mouth bass and catfish - both educational and entertaining. Experienced fishing pros will be conducting fishing seminars from atop the tank, offering demonstrations of various types of sport fishing equipment, and showing all phases of how a fish is caught, how a lure will move in the water, and how different fish react. Here visitors can receive expert information from the pros as they watch various seminars conducted throughout the show. Watch in amazement as the best anglers in the country share their secrets and catch fish right before your eyes!

The 2nd Annual MAC Events Boat Show - Richmond will be open Friday, Jan. 13, from 1:00-to-9:00 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The show is produced by MAC Events, a nationally recognized producer of high-quality business-to-consumer trade shows in a variety of industries and markets since 1968. The Spring Lake, NJ-based family-owned company produces approximately 20 recreational vehicle, boat, home & garden, outdoor sports and flower shows a year throughout Colorado, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and is a source of market research for the recreational vehicle, boating and home improvement industries.

For additional information about the show, please contact MAC Events at (800) 332-3976 or visit the company's website, http://www.macevents.com.

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