Posted on January 22, 2010
Stop anchoring yourself to your couch, New York, and sail off for the Javits Center. Yup, you guessed it--the annual New York Boat show has arrived. The 105th show, at the Javits Center through Sunday, Jan. 24, is the Holy Grail to boat aficionados. The world’s longest-running boat show is in port from 10 am to 10 pm today and Saturday, and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. (The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is at 655 West 34th Street; the main entrance is on 11th Avenue and 35th Street; 212 216-2000.) The show primarily features boats and marine gear for sale. Perhaps with a nod to the economy, it includes an “Affordability Pavilion” (their phrase), with boats costing less than $250 a month. Also in store: boaters (or those who love talk) can enter the “Fish Tales” contest: Share your best fishing tale, and if the judges deem you triumphant, you could win a Fishfinder/Chartplotter. Isn't fishing lingo the best? New this year: A traveling Nature and Maritime Museum on Wheels. Yes, mom, when dad gets that fanatical gleam in his eyes, you and the kids can slink off to this exhibit. The space is designed to feel like a boat (surprise, surprise) with some pirate-ship-like features thrown in. Nautical artifacts, interactive exhibits, educational displays, and other exhibits designed to highlight ocean and estuary life take center stage. And clearly, someone over at the Boat Center has a sense of humor; because here are some of the seminars you can attend: "Don’t Wake for Me!" (Basic Rules of the Road, Safety, and Navigational Aids) and "What Knot to Know" (Basic knot tying and uses). It’s all shipshape over there, so cast away!