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As any seasoned sailor can attest, it's never too early to start thinking about your next boat or brushing up on your seamanship. Luckily, the Los Angeles Boat Show is is here to cover your aquatic needs.
Kicking off Thursday, February 6 at the L.A. Convention Center and Pier 44 in Marina De Rey, the four-day extravaganza covers all the boating bases, from beautiful new vessels to skills courses to entertainment for the whole family. Virtually every brand in the business will be exhibiting their latest toys, meaning you'll be able to check out hundreds of boats (from yachts to jetskis, sail boats to ski boats and so much more), compare features and prices and talk one-on-one with all the experts. You can also marvel at Big Boat Row, a fleet of ships each exceeding 40 feet in length, or check out the latest Boston Whalers and start planning your next father-son fishing trips. There's even a free shuttle service ferrying attendees between venues.
In addition to all the eye-catching boats and gear, there are hands-on clinics, too. Brush up on your skills with powerboat and sailing lectures and DIY classes, or take a seminar on boat maintenance and first-time buyer guides.
The Los Angeles Boat Show is equally famous for its entertainment, and this year's edition is set to be particularly fun. Festivities kick off Friday night with the Boater Block Party, a shindig replete with live music, food, demos and hourly giveaways. Check out the Swampmaster Gator Show, where pros catch 200 lbs alligators with their bare hands, and don't forget to bring the kids, who can get up close with baby gators. Try-it Cove pool (demo products and test your skills) is sure to be popular attraction again this year, as is the Kids' Zone, where the little sailors in your crew can try the surfing simulator and take toy boat building classes.
The Los Angeles Boat Show kicks off Thursday at noon at both the LA Convention Center and Marina Del Rey. For hours, ticket prices and full list of events, click here. And don't forget to follow the latest updates on Facebook and Twitter.