Boat show may focus on introductions


The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show won't roll into the convention center until the second week of January, but show organizers said last week that they hope to concentrate on introducing families to boating.

Show officials said that displays of 16- to 18-foot fishing, day and skiing boats may be prominently placed near the main entrance, along with displays that will help first-time buyers through the steps of buying, operating and maintaining a boat.

Other areas of the show, of course, will continue to display and sell full lines of boats of all sizes and equipment and accessories.

Last January's show was the best in several years, and organizers expect the coming show to be even larger.

Exhibition space at the expanded Baltimore Convention Center has been increased from 115,000 square feet to about 300,000

square feet.

Banding demonstration

The Department of Natural Resources will demonstrate how to band ducks and waterfowl at Deal Island Wildlife Management Area on Aug. 19. The workshop will be open to the public, and Wildlife Division personnel will be on hand to answer questions.

The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.. Deal Island WMA is near Princess Anne in Somerset County. For more information, call (410) 974-3382.

Lightning strikes

Lightning has been known to strike boats, and equipment damage can occur, but deaths aboard are fairly rare, according to a five-year study by BOAT/U.S.

The probabilities of different types of boat being struck by lightning are: Auxiliary sail, six out of 1,000; multihull sail, five out of 1,000; trawlers, three out of 1,000; unpowered sail, two out of 1,000; power cruisers, one out of 1,000, runabouts, two out of 10,000.

When caught out in thunderstorms, head for shore immediately, keep passengers low in the center of the boat, take off metal jewelry or items such as eyeglasses and stay away from electronic equipment, rigging or other metal objects.

Fisheries division cited

DNR's Freshwater Fisheries Division has received the American Sportsfishing Association's Excellence in Sports Fisheries Management Award.

Noted by the ASA were the restoration of trout in the Gunpowder River, which in the mid-1980s held five pounds of trout per acre and now holds 225 to 250 pounds of wild brown and rainbow trout per acre.

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