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Boston Boat Show opens Thursday

SEPT. 24 — With the summer boating season all but gone in the Northeast, Beantown is the place to be for dreaming of next year on the water.

From Sept. 27 to 30, the BostonWorldTradeCenter in the heart of the Seaport District will open its doors to 100,000 square feet of indoor exhibits including an outdoor boat basin, according to a news release from the show.

With an effort to increase the interest of boating among women, there will be “Ladies Free Admission” on opening day. Women and men alike are also welcome to attend a seminar that will look at both the past and the future of women in boating.

Those who would like to learn more about boating can participate in seminars such as “Basic Boat Handling” and “Getting Your Captain’s License.” Boaters will also get to test their skills in the powerboat docking challenge, where participants can steer a 4-foot twin engine remote-controlled fishing boat down a 20-foot tank into the marina to dock, according to the show’s Web site. When the boat goes past the channel markers, an electronic sensor will trigger the timing clock that records how long it will take to dock the boat without hitting the slip.

And if newer models on display fail to interest, people can participate in the antique and classic wooden boat review all weekend long, or watch a 10-foot rowing skiff being built out of oak framing and cedar planking over the course of the four-day show.

“Many visitors make a weekend out of the Boston In-Water Boat Show, exploring the dockside and indoor exhibits while enjoying the Seaport’s influx of new waterfront hotels and restaurants,” stated Warren Kelly, producer of the show in the news release.

Admission for adults is $12, evening admission indoor after 6 p.m. is $6, and children under 12 are free. Participants can also order a VIP two-day pass at $18. For full details, visit or call Warren Kelly at 978-777-4439.

— Elizabeth Ellis