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Jun. 16, 2019
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57th Atlanta Boat Show in different hall for this year

This year’s version of the Atlanta Boat Show is set for Hall A at the Georgia World Congress Center, a different location from the Hall C where the show has been held for years. But the show will still feature some 600 of the newest boats along with the latest in marine accessories and products.
Now in its 57th year, the Atlanta Boat Show features thousands of products for every budget level and includes a variety of activities for show-goers.
Job seekers can take part in a new Career Fair in partnership with Lanier Technical College and little skippers will enjoy the new Touch-a-Boat Tour as well as nautical storytimes in conjunction with CBS46 Books to Kids. There will be more than100 sailing and fishing seminars and special Boats & Brews Happy Hours with Red Hare Brewing Company.
Tickets are on sale at AtlantaBoatShow. com with $3 off all advance online tickets until Jan. 9. Closest parking will be in the Red and Green Decks.
10 features to catch at the show
1. New Wake Up on the Water: Life on the water takes on a whole new meaning with the I-Series Houseboat by Destination Yachts. Tour a 45-ft., threebedroom, one-bath houseboat with twin OB power, party top and customizations to make a home on the water a reality.
2. Shiny New Boats: From fishingvessels and kayaks to luxury yachts, powerboats and houseboats, the latest models will be available for the lowest prices. Here’s a preview of just some of the 2019 products:
  • New: Salute to Service Limited Edition Centurion Boats (Ri237 and Ri257 towboats) are available in three 2019 designs to honor police, fire and military service men and women. With each boat sold, $2,500 will be donated to a charity assisting those in that line of service.
  • New: Chaparral 297 SSX Surf provides enough space (29 ft.) for the entire crew to make the most of wake surfing. Equipped with advance technology, including a touchscreen “Glass Dash” and hydraulically operated Malibu Surf Gate, this boat transforms watersport wakes into the most surfable and customizable waves possible.
  • New: Premier Pontoons 310 Accolade is 31-ft. long and 10-ft. wide, but handles like a 22-ft. sporting boat for maximum amenities and fun. The boat also has a full bar with sink, refrigerator, real wood tables and barstools to kick back on the water.
3. $5-$5-$5 Boats & Brews, Presented by Red Hare Brewing: Thursday and Friday, Red Hare Brewing Company will offer special brews to enjoy while “cruising” the show, along with $5 show tickets, $5 valet parking, $5 drinks after 5 p.m. Attendees can visit their lakeside inspired area for tastings, games, photo opps and enter for the chance to win a grand prize pack with custom Red Hare cornhole boards and Red Hare prize pack, including a brewery tour ($450 value). $5 tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting
4. Free Half-Day Pontoon Rental: The first 50 guests on Thursday and Friday after 5 p.m. receive a free half-day pontoon rental from Park Marine (must be 25 or older).
5. ‘Launch a Boating Career’ Day: On Friday, Jan. 11, the Atlanta Boat Show and Lanier Technical College will host the first annual Boating Career Day. Starting at 9 a.m., prospective students will get pointers on how to become boating industry professionals at a Q&A panel, meet with exhibitors and attend a career fair. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., adults interested in a career in the marine industry are welcome to join and network with industry professionals, and are encouraged to bring a resume. Students get free admission when they register in advance online.
6. New Touch-a-Boat Tour: Junior skippers can tour the show floor, climbing aboard a variety of boats along the way. They’ll interact with captains, snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life on the water. Kids receive their own Atlanta Boat Show passport to collect stamps at each of the eight stops, with prizes for those who collect them all.
7. Nautical Tales: Back again,
CBS46 Cares Books to Kids will be at the show over the weekend for special Nautical Storytimes read by on-air personalities. Guests will receive $3 off their ticket online and get a $5 food voucher to enjoy when they bring in a new or gently used children’s book to the show ticket office.
8. Boat Smarts: From tried and true methods to the latest techniques, professional fishermen, sailors and boaters will host more than 100 seminars on a variety of topics for beginners to adept anglers.
9. Deals & Steals: Many dealers will be offering their lowest prices of the year, so that just as temperatures start to rise, boats will be ready to launch.
10. Movie Reel: Children will also enjoy the Kids’ Zone where they can meet the latest movie characters, jump around in the bounce house, get their faces painted and take home creative balloon art.
The 2019 Atlanta Boat Show
  • Dates & Location: January 10-13 Georgia World Congress Center Hall A, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
  • Hours: Thurs-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm
  • Admission: Adults - $15, (13 & up) Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. $3 off tickets purchased in advance online
  • Details: For more information and ticket specials visit:
More show details:
For a complete list of seminar dates and times for:
• Fishing
• Sailing
• Let’s Go Fishing
Visit the show’s website

Posted online 12/26/18
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