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Practice docking, see new trailer tech at Annapolis boat shows

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annapolis_boat_show2The United States Powerboat Show returns to the Annapolis City Dock on October 15 – 18, 2015. Activities planned for the weekend include a demo dock to try new boat models and propulsion systems before you buy, and a Ford F-150 trailer backing technology demonstration.

Dealers and manufacturers will conduct sea trials from inside the boat show at easy to access demonstration docks, The expanded demo docks will not only feature new model boats but also outboard engines and stabilizing systems designed to eliminate most boat roll, including the fatigue, anxiety and seasickness that goes with it.

United States Powerboat Show attendees have a chance to be part of an historic automotive technology launch. Backing a boat trailer can be tricky, with the confusion of turning the wheel opposite your desired direction or a tendency to overturn and jackknife the trailer. The 2016 Ford F-150 has segment-first technology that allows drivers to steer a trailer instinctively by turning a knob left or right to indicate direction; the truck controls its steering and limits vehicle speed. Consumers who test-drive the Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ at the Powerboat Show will be entered for a chance to win a new 2016 Ford F-150.

Cruisers University offers the most comprehensive curriculum on cruising and boat preparedness. This intensive educational program is now offered in the fall, sandwiched between the United States Sailboat Show and the United States Powerboat Show. Expert instructors will assist boaters plan their cruise, equip and maintain their boat, and ensure that they feel at ease heading out. Cruisers University offers one- to four-day tuition packages October 12 – 15, 2015 for live-aboard boaters. Course descriptions at

Brokerage Cove, a show within a show, is a water taxi ride or an easy walk from the hundreds of new and premiering powerboats on display in downtown Annapolis. Brokerage Cove is a floating marina in St. Mary’s Cove overflowing with previously owned boats, presented by regional boat brokers and available for immediate sale.  

The United States Powerboat Show will continue to have old favorites like the Pussers Painkiller Barge Bar, free daily seminars on boating presented by the Chesapeake Bay Magazine and the Annapolis School of Seamanship, and a seven day exotic chartered vacation as a grand prize sponsored by MarineMax. Boat show goers should buy tickets online ( or register at the show to be entered to win.

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