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Groups offer innovative boat show workshop

An innovative new seminar program offers novice boaters the chance to "Take the Wheel" at the upcoming United States Powerboat Show in October and is the first time that the United States Powerboat Show has integrated an educational offering with the interactive component of boat demonstrations. "Take the Wheel" is a day-long educational package providing both "classroom" seminars and an introductory ride on one of four major styles of powerboats: trawler, express cruiser, center console, and down east cruiser. Tiara Yachts, Kadey-Krogen Yachts, Boston Whaler, and MJM Yachts will provide boats.

The workshop cost of $149 per person or $200 per couple includes:

  • A two-day boat show pass
  • Morning seminars
  • Afternoon on-the-water boating experience
  • All instruction and printed materials
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch
  • Wine tasting social hour

The workshop runs Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 and can accommodate 50 participants. The boat demo rides will be available on a first-come, first-served sign-up basis, with early registrants receiving a ride on the boat of his or her choice, and potentially more. Registration is available through the Boat Show office by calling 410-268-8828 or online at under "Take the Wheel" button on the Powerboat Show homepage. Course information can also be found on or by calling 866-369-2248.

The Annapolis School of Seamanship has been providing mariners of all experience levels with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed, safe decisions when operating and maintaining a vessel. Capt. John Martino, president and founder of Annapolis School of Seamanship, and his team of highly qualified instructors, will lead three different morning seminars that are designed to inform new boat owners about the types of boats available and their uses; ownership options and considerations in the process of boat buying; and the safety and regulatory information integral to operating a vessel.