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Boat show coming to Atlanta this weekend
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Georgia residents may jump into the world of watercrafts and fishing Jan. 15-18 at the Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Visitors can test out the special attractions such as the new Robo Surfer-Surfing Simulator and Let’s Go Fishing Center for fun while shopping among the boats at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta.

The simulator is a mechanical surf board allowing riders to test their skills as if they’re riding real waves, right on the show floor. Surfers can have the board adjusted to different levels of difficulty, making it fun for beginners or professionals from the pipeline. If riders wipe out, they’ll fall into a sea of inflatable waves. It is open to anyone 40 inches or taller.

The Let’s Go Fishing Center explains the latest tips on how to enhance angling techniques. Top fishermen and guides will share their expertise on salt and freshwater fishing during hourly seminars, or attendees can chat one on one with local fishing clubs and organizations. Little ones will have the chance to take on a rod and reel at the Catch and Release Trout Pond.

“Every year more Georgians are discovering the joys of life on the water,” show manager Larry Berryman said. “It’s exciting to see the growth of the boat show, the return of familiar faces, and new boating fans.”

More than 500 boats from paddleboats and pontoons to extravagant yachts, fishing vessels and powerboats for skiers will be showcased. And Discover Boating’s Welcome to the Water Center will offer its expertise on selecting the watercraft best for one’s interest as well as budget.

Returning from winning a seventh world championship, the Miss GEICO racing team will introduce its newest offshore racing boat. Made of carbon and Kevlar, the 50-foot Victory catamaran weighs six tons and runs on 1,650 RACE Sterndrive Mercury Racing piston–powered engines that generate 3,000 horsepower, leading to speeds of more than 200 mph.

The show will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 17 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18. 

Tickets are $12 for adults 16 and older. Youth 15 and younger may enter for free when accompanied by an adult. Residents may save $2 by purchasing tickets online before Jan. 15.

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