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Enjoy the action at the National Boat Show

An action-packed agenda and competitions galore await you at the National Boat Show 2005, running from 26-28 August at the Ticketpro Dome, Randburg.

With zones covering boating, caravans and outdoors, fishing and diving, the show will display the latest offerings for watersport, adventure and outdoor enthusiasts.

There will be hot air balloons rides, a skydiving display, the opportunity to test drive the new Vespa LX – blending classic Vespa style and modern design with twist-and-go ease of use.

Weber and Chaka will be pushing the limits of the traditional South African braai, offering pizza and muffin demonstrations and tastings, and your best refreshment stop is the Captain‘s Corner sports bar where you can win prize hampers jam-packed with Captain Morgan gear.

Competition opportunities are legion with the organisers giving away R350 000 in prizes, including a Viking Velocity speedboat powered by a Mariner motor, complete with trailer and accessories, sponsored by Waterworld, in conjunction with SABC 3 Car Torque and Car Magazine.

You also stand a chance of winning a Polaris quad bike from Jetski Warehouse and Beeld. The Star is running a competition with the first prize of a Hobie Catsy valued at R28 000, and second prize of a remote-controlled Aqua Cat Dinglehopper bait boat, caddy, umbrella, transmitter, embroidered towel and peaked cap valued at R10 000.

There are water skiing lessons from Ski World International up for grabs as well as hi-lift jacks from Mega Manufacturers.

Whether you‘re in the market to buy a luxury speedboat, getting ready for your next outdoor adventure or planning your year-end holiday, you‘ll find what you‘re looking for at the National Boat Show.

You‘ll want to take a look at Coastal Kayak‘s new Kaskazi Skua 3-piece. This is a single sea kayak that splits into three manageable pieces for easy storage and transport. Once on the water, the kayak is identical to the lightweight Kaskazi Skua, the only difference being a faint line where the pieces neatly interlock. This could be the ultimate expedition kayak for remote and difficult to access destinations.

You can design your own boat with Aqua Mall, who will be launching its new Ski Craft 6.25 Leisure Cat. That‘s right. Designer Chris Teer wants ideas and suggestions from prospective boat owners so his design team can produce “your ultimate Cat”. Using the latest computer-aided design technology, the result is a craft with a symmetry tolerance along the axis of no more than 1.5 mm – accuracy that cannot be matched with using conventional plug-making methods.

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing will be introducing two new boats to the scene in the shape of a Magnum 25 Walkaround as well as a Magnum 32 Sportfisher Catamaran. Both are easily customised to individual needs and provide outstanding performance in all sea conditions.

If that sounds too much like hard work, step up to the Cutwater Marine classic mahogany speedboats on show. Taking you back in time, these elegant craft are designed to offer the perfect balance between innovative new technologies and old world craftsmanship.

Your boating expedition won‘t be complete without marine electronics, fuel computers and navigation systems from Pertec and global positioning system (GPS) units from Avnic Trading.

If you are still unsure of where to go for your year-end vacation, bear in mind that Barra Lodge have three lodges in Mozambique. The four-star Flamingo Bay Water Lodge features chalets on stilts in the crystal waters of Flamingo Bay. The three-star Barra Lodge is situated on secluded, unspoilt beaches, bordered by the Inhambane estuary and is equipped with a PADI dive centre. Pomene Lodge is a rustic fishing and diving retreat with land enclosed by ocean and a pristine mangrove estuary.

And for the more adventurous, visit the National Boat Show 2005 and check out River Rafters‘ canoeing adventures. The first river rafting tour company in South Africa, River Rafters run trips on the Doring, Breede and Cunene Rivers, as well as their original favourite, the Orange River. They promise anything from tranquil lazy drifts to pumping, raging rapids with options varying from one-day getaways to four-day adventures.

The National Boat Show supports the National Sea Rescue Institute‘s (NSRI) efforts in raising public awareness around water safety, and the NSRI will be present at the show to offer expert tips and advice on how to ensure safety at sea and on inland waters.

Heidi Warricker, MD of event organiser, Biz Events, says that nowhere else will visitors find such a comprehensive display of boating and watersports products. “With more than 150 exhibitors, visitors to the 2005 National Boat Show will be exposed not only to the newest boats and equipment available on the continent, but will also have opportunity of comparing different products, and selecting those most suited to their lifestyle and budget.”

FACT FILE: NATIONAL BOAT SHOW 2005

The third National Boat Show, Africa‘s biggest boat show and the premier boating event on the continent, is being held from 26-28 August at the Ticketpro Dome, Northriding, Randburg.

Watersport, adventure and outdoor enthusiasts will find the latest in sailing and power boats, water sports and other equipment displayed under one roof in this huge virtual shopping mall.

Times and dates:
11:00-20:00 Friday 26 August 2005 (trade and consumer)
09:00-18:00 Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August 2005 (consumer)

Venue:
Ticketpro Dome
Corner Olievenhout and Northumberland Roads
Northgate, Randburg

Key exhibits:
Speed, racing and ski boats
Cruisers, fishing boat
s, deck boats
Yachts
Jet skis, inflatables
Canoes and kayaks
Ski and wakeboard equipment
Kitesurfers, windsurfers
Water toys, paddle boats
Fishing equipment and tackle
Scuba diving gear and training schools
4×4 and outdoor accessories and equipment
Clubs and conservation centres
Outdoor travel destinations

Entrance fee:
Adults – R50 per person
Children under 12 and pensioners – R20.00 per person

Website:
www.nationalboatshow.co.za