Hi gang, Rick here from Used Pontoon Boats.The 46th Annual Atlanta Boat Show is a great way to see the very latest boating products and technology. The Show docks today at the Georgia World Congress Center and closes on Sunday, Jan. 13. This five-day marine extravaganza features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the newest powerboats, yachts and houseboats all under one roof. Guests will also see the best nautical accessories, gear and electronics for fun on the water.
Here are some of the new items for 2008:
The new Sea Ray 210 Sundeck from Marine Max will make its world debut at the Show - the perfect entry-level boat for family fun. This 22’ watercraft features more versatility, safety, comfort and storage for unlimited days of on-water excitement. The 210 Sundeck features are built for family fun such as the entertainment center for cold drinks, a swim platform with an aft-facing bench and a lockable fiberglass head compartment in the port console, which means less dockside potty stops. Sundeck owners also get a membership to the Sea Ray Owners Club™, which allows for special rates on towing, insurance and travel. Also included is a matching trailer with swing-away tongue and surge brakes, plus a limited lifetime hull and deck warranty. Booths F-1, F-4, G-20, ML 25.
Marine Max is also introducing the Sea Ray 300 Select EX, a premium powerboat that features power and sophistication. With an overall length of 29’6”, the Select EX is powered with a MerCruiser® 496 Magnum® Bravo® III gas sterndrive (375 hp - 280 kW) with Digital Throttle and Shift. Boaters can sit in two aft-facing seats that look out over the water with a cockpit table that sets up easily for dining. There is also a sleek dashboard equipped with a chartplotter with a five-inch display and a wood accented wheel that comes with Vessel Control System™ (VCS™) thumb pads to manage the SmartCraft® diagnostics and stereo functions. Booths F-1, F-4, G-20, ML 25.
The all-new 278 Baja Boat and the 335 Baja Boat will also be featured at the Marine Max booth.
Yamaha is introducing the FX Cruiser Super High Output (SHO), which has already been awarded Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” award in the recreation category and will also be the lead product in Popular Mechanics “2008 Buyers’ Guide” and is part of Men’s Health “Tech Watch” feature. The Cruiser is powered by an all-new 1.8 liter supercharged Yamaha marine engine and features a three-point contact system, which includes Yamaha’s exclusive Cruiser seat, swept-back handlebars with adjustable tilt steering and raised foot chocks. These three features help reduce stress and fatigue for both the driver and rear passenger. The Cruiser also has Yamaha’s exclusive Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode. Booth H-4.
The new FX Super High Output (SHO) by Yamaha will also be on display. This WaveRunner is powered by an all-new 1.8 liter supercharged four-stroke engine that delivers awesome acceleration and top-end speed, while still providing reliability and durability. The FX SHO also features NanoXcel hulls and decks that are 25 percent lighter than previous models boosting handling and acceleration. This high-performance leader has an aggressive, performance inspired design with bold styling. Booth H-4.
Chaparral is launching a new line of boats exclusively at the 2008 Atlanta Boat Show. The manufacturer has added more features, enhanced performance and design innovations. Stop by the Starboard Marine booth to see the Wide Tech and Xtreme models. Booth G-4.
Atlanta Inboard has added Premier Pontoons to its 2008 lineup, including the 10’2” wide deck pontoons with optional twin outboards. Come check out the 3’ boundary waters to take lounging to the next level. Also new at Atlanta Inboard is the redesigned, award-winning Malibu Wakesetter LSV. The wakeboard is 23’ long and 102” wide with up to 2,700 lbs. of down force. The 2008 Wakesetter packs some serious punch, but does so in style. All tanks are located under the floor maximizing above the floor storage. Add the standard lounge seating and table and you have a versatile boat for family and friends. Atlanta Inboard also carries Malibu Boats, Crest Pontoons and NauticStar Boats. Booths A-44, B-30, ML 60·
Marine Specialties has added a new shallow water lift to its line of products. Manufactured by HydroHoist International, the lift only requires 3’ of water to operate. Also new is the Ultralift UL Series, which features 10,000 lb. up to 22,000 lb. lifts with all steel parts above the water and polyethylene tanks. Booth L-6·
Rodeo Beach is presenting its new line of T-shirt designs called the Crustacean Sensation Series. It features pin-up cowgirls with various crustaceans. The designs include Lobster Rodeo, Shrimp Rodeo, Crab Roundup and Crawdad Roundup. Rodeo Beach is also known for unique products such as its bottle-cap opener baseball hats and baseball hats with built-in sunglass holders. Booth 484·
Gold Eagle is unveiling its Marine Formula STA-BIL, a concentrated cleaner to help start your engine after the fuel has clogged up. The product also addresses the ethanol found in fuel and has four times the Fuel System Cleaner than Regular STA-BIL. Booth 344·
Kitchen Craft Cookware by Americraft is the original cookware made in America that offers stainless steel cookware safe for the environment. The cookware doesn’t need water, grease or oil when cooking and is 100 percent guaranteed for life. Booth 322
Regular ticket prices are $9 for adults and $5 for junior boaters, ages 13-15. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are also on sale at the World Congress Center. For more information call 770-951-2500 or visit www.AtlantaBoatShow.com.
Visitors to the Atlanta Boat Show should park in the blue and yellow lots at the Georgia World Congress Center, or take MARTA to the Georgia Dome/Georgia World Congress Center/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station or Vine City Station.
Thanks to the dawsontimes.com for this.
Used Pontoon Boats, By Rick Ostler
Used Pontoon Boats-North American Waterway
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