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Atlanta Boat Show — now with wakeboarders! — opens


A view of the Atlanta Boat Show in 2006

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 anything:

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,

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February 22nd, 2010
6:20 am

Now THAT’S a cool boat! :)


February 5th, 2010
10:44 am

Everyone in my family enjoys going to the boat show. That’s where we first spotted the Azure deck boat. I ended buying one 3 years ago and have absolutely loved it. I get compliments wherever I take it. We like to take it up to lake Russell, but since we live on the lake in Fairfield Plantation we usually just stay home. I mention Fairfield ( because most of you probably aren’t aware of this fish and ski lake that’s just 40 miles from ATL. It’s a private lake, but the homes are very affordable. If this is the lifestyle you’re looking for then I highly reccommend checking it out. And if you’re looking for a good family boat, then I highly reccommend the Azure. It’s not as pricey as the SeaRay, but the quality is the same.

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