I spent a lot of time on boats as a kid. Kids in Michigan do that kind of thing.
As a result, I also spent a lot of time at boat shows, debating the pleasures of floating against the pleasures of speed and ogling the boats that seemed to dwarf our house.
Reading about the 48th Atlanta Boat Show in “Atlanta Boat Show goes green, extreme” opening at the Georgia World Congress Center today, it sounds exactly the same — tons and tons of boats.
Well, and cooler gadgets. And more nods to the parents towing their children behind them.
You know what we didn’t have at the boat show when I was a kid?
Extreme Rail Jam is new this year, bringing in several championship wakeboarders, including Andrew Adkison, to perform the sport’s daring feats over a 30,000-gallon pool. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 13-14; 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 15-16; noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 17. Andrew Adkison performs at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 and 2 p.m. Jan. 17. Speed fans will also enjoy the restored post-World War II Tupolev 007 Russian rescue boat on display. Valued at $2 million, it’s one of three ever produced during the arms buildup and contains an MP14 aircraft fighter engine that reaches speeds up to 150 miles per hour.
Now, if you don’t mind, I’ve got to go shake my fist at those dang noisy kids in the sports department.
Want to go? Atlanta Boat Show. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 13-15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 17. $9, $5 for kids ages 13-15, free for people ages 12 and younger. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW. Hall C. 404-222-5200, www.atlantaboatshow.com.