Boat show caters to broad range of users

Displayers' gear applies to duck hunters as well as charter sailors

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Whether you enjoy motoring through the waves at 60 mph or kayaking silently past rookeries, the three-day Rotary Boat and Sports Show at Centennial Hall has something for you.

The show is scheduled to run 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, said Bob Hurley, who is co-chairing the show with Bud Jaeger as a fund-raiser for the Glacier Valley Rotary Club.

Nordic Tugs of Alaska will be mooring one large example of its wares outside. "I plan to have a 26-foot Olympic parked in front," said Nordic Tugs owner Kent Fagerstrom. "I wish it were a 32-foot Nordic Tug, but I don't have a trailer big enough. This Olympic is for sale."

Alaska Ship Chandlers will be displaying a 26-foot Hewescraft, a new dimension for them, said General Manager Pete Bernstein.

"We have been carrying lots of aluminum boats in the past, and we are going to have a bigger one than ever on display," Bernstein said. "We will also be showing Bombard inflatables. They are lower-priced than the Avons, and they have some smaller models."

Bernstein was impressed with the 6-foot-7-inch Avon inflatable, which he recommends as a one- or two-person dinghy suitable to carry on a 20-foot boat.

"The Bombards are small, lightweight and easy to pack around," Bernstein said. "You could use one for fly fishing out of a float plane."

Willie's Marine will be showing boats and motors, said General Manager Kent Adams. "We'll have aluminum boats from 8 feet, 6 inches through 26 feet," Adams said. The biggest boat is a 26-foot pilot house model from Boulton with a Yamaha four-stroke engine.

Adams has decided to bring mostly 2002 models to the show, such as a 16-foot John boat with a Yamaha four-stroke, 40-horsepower jet engine. It would be suitable for duck hunting or driving up the Taku River or in Berners Bay, he said. And its exterior carries a camouflage pattern, which appeals to a lot of boaters, he added.

Tanner's Service Center will be bringing Wooldridge boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboards, trailers and Achilles inflatables, said Janet League, secretary. The Wooldridge models include a 21-foot full-cabin boat and a 17-foot runabout. The company also will display two Klamath skiffs and a 16-foot Jac boat.

"The Jac boat is suitable for places like rivers, for duck hunting," League said. "It's wide, long, very flat, for shallow draft." The Jac boat is new to Tanner this year.

About 40 exhibitors are expected, said Hurley. Other exhibitors include Honda Hut, Channel Dive Center, Harri Plumbing and Heating, Capital Chevrolet, ACS Wireless, Cellular One, Fishermen's Bend, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Mendenhall Auto, Juneau Youth Sailing, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter and Southeast Fire Extinguisher.

Tickets to the home show are $5 for adults and $2 for students under 12. Each ticket purchase includes a chance at prizes, including a 7-day cruise on the Mexican Riviera from Alaska Airlines, flights with Wings wherever it flies, a glacier panorama flight for two with Era Helicopters, or a Mendenhall Glacier trip for two with TEMSCO.

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