FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Director, CMTA
LEARN EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN ABOUT BOATING AT THE HARTFORD BOAT SHOW AT MOHEGAN SUN
Props, Carburetors, Fuels, Outboards, Trailers, Fishing, New Boater Tips, Licensing and One-on-One Boat Servicing Sessions on the Educational Program Schedule January 17-20
ESSEX, CT – JANUARY 9, 2019 – Want to learn how to keep your boat’s carburetor clean and running? Do you have boat servicing questions? Do you know how your boat’s propeller affects its performance? How often, and why you should maintain your boat trailer? What’s up with the Ethanol in your fuel? The answers to these and other boat service and safety issues will be found at the Hartford Boat Show (HBS50), January 17-20 at Mohegan Sun through an extensive free educational program: Welcome to Our Waters – all included in admission to the expanded exhibits featuring over 125 exhibitors and 400 water craft.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA), and Powered by Evinrude/BRP, HBS50 is going to fill all available exhibit space in Mohegan Sun’s new Earth Expo Center, and boats, exhibits and special sections will also be featured in the center’s ballroom, breakout rooms, and casino. Over 35 dealers, representing at least 95 different brands of boats, motors and trailers are among the 125 HBS50 exhibitors. The show will feature over 400 water craft, including personal watercraft such as jet skis, kayaks, inflatables, wakeboards, paddle boats and boards; as well as fishing gear, marinas and boatyards, other marine services, electronics, boating accessories, marine schools and educational programs, and shore side activities such as destinations and attractions and food and beverage.
Throughout the four day event, a rotating schedule of Welcome to Our Waters workshops will include:
- Gas Outboard General Maintenance
- Trailer Maintenance and Repair
- Blackhawk Fishing Seminar
- One-On-One with Service Tech Consultant
- Boat’s That Sit
- Oh No! There’s Ethanol in My Fuel
- 10 Steps to Sell Your Boat – Eastern Yacht Sales
- Keep Your Carburetor Clean & Running
- A Fast & Efficient Boat: How Your Prop Affects Your Boat’s Performance
- Cabin Cruiser Systems Analysis
- Hartford Power Squadron Seminar
Marine service expert Larry Jenc will be presenting many of the sessions and throughout the program will be conducting the one-on-one service consultations. Captain Greg Dubrule of Blackhawk Sport Fishing will be leading the fishing seminars. For more information about schedule specifics, visit http://hartfordboatshow.com/special-events/.
“The variety of our workshop topics reflects the diversity of the types of recreational boats and boaters in Connecticut, from the sound, to our rivers and lakes,” said Kathleen Burns, Executive Director, CMTA. “The CMTA has always placed a high value on education, not just for boaters, but for students, and for those who want to work in marine related occupations in the state,” she continued.
In addition to the free seminar sessions, HBS50 visitors will have the opportunity to actually get their boating license at the show. Two special boat safety and licensing sessions are being conducted, with a choice of Friday, January 18 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or Saturday, January 19, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Advance registration is required for these classes, with a cost of $50 per person, which includes admission to the show. For further information and reservations, contact the CMTA at 860-767-2645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environment (DEEP) will also have a focus on boat safety in their booth, where visitors to the show will have the opportunity to try on and pose in a variety of life jackets in front of a marine setting on a green screen, and be photographed, demonstrating how “Boating is Serious Fun at Mohegan Sun.” The DEEP 2019 Boater’s Guide as well as other clean and safe boating materials will be available.
The emphasis on education and training continues in The Hartford Boat Show’s Windows to the Future section, sponsored by Renewal by Andersen, a demonstration area showcasing boat building and marine trades educational programs in schools from throughout the state, and highlighting career opportunities in recreational boating.
Tickets for the Hartford Boat Show may be purchased at www.hartfordboatshow.com. Pre-show online tickets are $12. During The Boat Show, general admission is $14, with children under 12 accompanied by an adult admitted free. A Two Day Pass allowing access to the show any two days is available at $20. A Senior/Military one-day pass is $10. Group sales for groups over 15 people may be arranged by contacting CMTA Show Staff at 860-767-2645.
The Hartford Boat Show will be open Thursday, January 17 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Friday, January 18 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday, January 20 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
About The Hartford Boat Show: Now in its 50th year, the Hartford Boat Show features the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and ski boats, sailboats, personal watercraft, paddle boats and boards in addition to fishing gear, marinas and boatyards, other marine services and boating accessories. Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) the show is open to the public January 17-20, 2019 at the Earth Expo Center at Mohegan Sun, and will feature over 125 exhibitors, 400 boats and watercraft, as well as educational seminars, boating personality appearances, and demonstration areas. www.hartfordboatshow.com
About Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA): The CMTA is a not-for-profit trade association representing boating and related marine industries throughout Connecticut, from the Long Island Sound to the state’s rivers and lakes. Founded in 1954, the CMTA has over 330 member businesses and is dedicated to the well-being of the industry by promoting the interests of recreational boating, improving industry condition, monitoring legislative and regulatory issues, and advancing boating education throughout the state. www.ctmarinetrades.org
(Editor’s Note: Photos of past Hartford Boat Shows, and boat building and training activities at the show are available. Contact Diane Greco at 914-666-4150 or email@example.com)