New Features & Boat Lines
This year the Portland Boat show has plenty of fantastic local area dealers and manufacturers participating in the show – be sure to visit and support your local dealers and vendors! Visit The Portland Boat Show this January 8 through 12 at the Expo Center. Remember – you have Five Days to find the boat of your dreams – don’t miss the one and only boat show in our area!
The Portland Boat Show has been working hard to find the most up-to-date and top features in the boating industry:
Active Water Sports will be introducing several 2014 models at the Portland Boat Show – packing precision performance and every detail for the Wake Boarder and Wake Surfer – the Nautique G21is a show stopper – able to customize its wake for maximum surf potential. Active Water Sports will also have new Moomba, Malibu and WakeSetter models. Wake Surfing is the hottest trend for on-the-water sports in the world (see attached r
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Interested in the latest technology in 4 stroke engines, plus fully electric outboards? Look no further than Blue Lake Marine and Ravin Energy. They are bringing some outstanding examples of Parsun high efficiency 4 stroke engines; they run smooth, are very quiet and efficient. Plus the unveiling of the Parsun fully electric outboard should not be missed. Additionally they will be showcasing electric engines for sailboats (inboards), a first for the company.
Getting the award for farthest trip to the Portland Boat Show, Ka-Hem Boats – from Russia, will be unveiling their fishing and sporting boats at the show. It took several weeks of communication back and forth to get this amazing opportunity at the Portland Boat Show. Ka-Hem will be bringing their KА-HЕМ 665 with a LS3 Kodiak engine, Kodiak 3 stage jet pump and the KА-HЕМ 730 – featuring an 8mm thick hull, and outstanding accessories for those looking for a resilient fishing boat. Ka-Hem boats are built and designed for anglers, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts looking for an extremely strong and durable boat.
The Oregon State Marine Board will be in two locations at this year’s show. Come see where your boating registration dollars go for boating access…from engineering surveys and conceptual draft designs, to a final product that includes parking, lighting, boat ramps, boarding floats, and terrestrial/floating restrooms. The Marine Board leverages boating access dollars with federal grant dollars to give boaters the best amenities and ADA-accessible facilities that are nationally renowned. Do you need to renew your registration? Need your Boater Education Card? Want to learn more about the Aquatic Invasive Species Permit? The Marine Board will have a retail center in between Halls C and D where you can interact with agency staff and take care of any boating business you have. Agency staff can also share where every dollar goes, since most of our funding is dedicated to specific programs. Come by our boating resource center to learn about how the Marine Board can help you “Experience” Oregon boating!
Inflatable Boat Center is presenting the Cardinal line of inflatable dinghies, tenders and sport boats to their inventory of inflatable watercraft. With eight models in four configurations, Cardinal gives the boater an exceptional value at a starting price point for fold-up inflatable boats. With a 10-year warranty and sizes ranging from 7.5’ to 14’ and horsepower ratings from 2.5 to 50 HP with retail starting at under $800. The Cardinal line rounds out Inflatable Boat Center’s extensive lineup of inflatables, featuring Zodiac, Bombard, Avon, Maxxon, Achilles, Duras and more.
What’s new at Englund Marine Supply? LEDs! The iconic boating supply store is coming to the Portland Boat Show with its usual assortment of everything under the sun for the boaters, but this year, they are bringing in the LEDs for boats, RV’s and trailers. You can now replace just about any bulb on your boat with an LED version that will last for years and have minimal drain on your electrical system. Plus, get your rods, reels, marine supplies, floatation devices, clothing and BBQs. And as always, there will be the overbuy table with a ton of great deals – get there early for the best buys!
Trudeau’s SeaRay and Bayliner has been part of the Portland Boat Show for decades, and this year they are bringing in some outstanding new 2014 boats. At the show this year see the Sundancer line – these gorgeous sportboats are high performance and all purpose for the active family. The Bayliner Element is also in the category of family sportboats with clean lines, and plenty of horsepower for water skiing and wake boarding with an open and airy deck plan. Trudeau’s always has an enormous selection of boats at the show including the incredibly popular Boston Whaler line – one of the top selling boat lines in the US.
Long regarded as one of the top boat builders in the world – right in our own backyard, Schooner Creek Boat Works will be manning the Jr. Boat Building area again for the little ones – now an annual must-do for kids of all ages, plus they will have an outstanding display of wood built boats, electric drives, demos, and this year they will have a Fox 44 and a 36 foot Morris. Their display is always a must see! Visit SchoonerCreek.com for services.
Solar panels that pack a punch – that’s what Solar Tracker 360 is bringing to the Portland Boat Show – look for these high efficiency panels to power your boat, electric motors and systems on your boat! These panels are portable, and can be used to power your basic needs while on the water – creating a solar generator to power up your portables, electronic devices (cell phones, laptop, tablets), and is a great way to stay connected when there is no power supply. The panels come with a top of the line inverter as well. Get some Smart Power for Smart People©, Solar Tracker will have a Smoker Craft with the panels attached for a demo at the Show!
Get ready for some major new technology at the Portland Boat Show – joy-stick steering! Yes, similar to a jet fighter, those looking for hydraulic joy-stick steering need to see the MaxSteer display at the Precision Weld booth. Invented and built at Precision Weld – MaxSteer gives power steering and control in a joy-stick configuration that is extremely easy to learn and use. MaxSteer not only is available on Precision Weld boats, but can be fit to most existing boat brands with a retro-fit at their shop. And the MaxSteer can be computer configured for the driver’s preferences. For jet boats, joy-stick steering is superior over steering wheels for two reasons – speed and fatigue. For the first time, planing boats at high speed can now have joy-stick steering adding a level of control that was only available for heavy displacement commercial vessels. Additionally jet boating, extreme sport fishing, fast current river systems are very physical activities, and the joy-stick minimizes fatigue on the driver – significantly! Come by Precision Weld and see the MaxSteer.
Known for their outstanding driftboats and powerboats – Willie Boats is heading into new waters this year with the Nemesis – a skiboat and riverboat hybrid. This aluminum hull boat is perfect for those that want to fish on one weekend and go out and do some serious water skiing the next weekend. It’s tough, fast and sporty, but the avid fishing enthusiast will feel right at home as well. The forward helm, ski tower and 350hp Chevy engine is the perfect boat for the active family. Willie Boats has been a leader in river technology and boat building – now come see their unveiling at the Portland Boat Show – a real premier!