Grandaddy of all boat shows returns

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DEC. 29 - The 101st annual New York National Boat Show — what promoters call the world’s oldest and longest-running boat show — is set to kick off on New Year’s Eve and will run through Dec. 8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

New this year is “The Boats of Bond” exhibit, which will feature memorabilia and five boats that were featured in James Bond films. Those boats will be the underwater Tow Sled from 1965’s “Thunderball,” the Bath-O-Sub from 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever,” Glastron’s Amazon Chase Boat from 1979’s “Moonraker,” the Neptune Submarine from 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only” and Q’s jet boat from 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough.”

More than 1,000 new boats, engines, marine accessories, electronics, fishing gear and marine apparel will be on display at the show. Of the new boats, attendees will be able to check out the Luhrs 41 Open, Rinker’s 410 Express Cruiser, Triton’s 225 Dual Console and the Baja 35 Outlaw. A number of free seminars will also be available.

Following the show, Sail America will host a Discover Sailing Pavilion exhibit at the Adventures in Travel Expo, to be held at the convention center Jan. 13 to 15. The 2,200-square-foot exhibit will feature sailing schools, charter vacation resorts and other sailboat companies.

Adult tickets for the New York National Boat Show are $15 and youth tickets (ages 13 to 15) are $8. Children 12 years and younger get in free.

Jason Fell