Helsinki International Boat Show Works For Landlubbers

Even people still unfamiliar with the fantastic element of water will zigzag to the Helsinki International Boat Show on February. The annual boating extravaganza will attract men and women, couples and families, young and old, maritime fanatics and people still considering the acquisition of their first vessel to the Helsinki Fair Centre on 9-17 February 2008.

The exhibition area is sold out. This means that six halls will be chock full of new products and adventurous surprises for the aquatic environment. Around 350 exhibitors have signed up and they will be showing off over 600 boat models, says Exhibition Group Manager Hkan Lfgren of the Finnish Fair Corporation.

In addition to vessels and engines, the Boat Show is a great place to look at boating supplies and other aquatic-themed products, such as canoes, fishing and scuba diving gear, and boat travel services. This year, the emphasis is especially on novice boaters, who can receive express instruction in navigation skills and practical guidance on the tying of basic knots, for example.

In addition to boating, many other related activities will be exhibited at the fair. Canoeing is becoming more and more popular each year and it will be introduced through paddling demonstrations as well as an exhibition of magnificent pictures taken by Kysti Romppanen with a camera attached to the nose of a kayak. People interested in starting scuba diving are in for a treat: professional trainers will instruct visitors in appropriate scuba diving practices all you need to bring along is some adventurous spirit!

Anglers can look forward to tips on how to reel in pike and salmon. A slide presentation on the charms of the outer archipelago will show visitors how enchanting the islands of the Gulf of Finland, the Archipelago Sea, the land Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia are; an alluring exhibition of nature photographs from the archipelago by Janne Gr�ning will also be arranged at the fair.

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