KEY WEST BOAT SHOW AND NAUTICAL MARKET

Since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Tuesday, looks like there are at least six more weeks of winter. In the meantime if it is too cold to boat, especially in the north-east, why not improve your attitude by changing your latitude and head to the Boat Show and Nautical Market in Key West Florida.

Since merchants and seafarers first settled the island, tall ships, fishing vessels, work boats and pleasure craft have used and enjoyed the Key West waters. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, modern-day boating fans can continue that seafaring tradition at the Rotary Club of Key West’s eighth annual Boat Show & Nautical Market.

The free family friendly show takes place along the island city’s Truman Waterfront from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

At the quarter-mile-long nautical market, attendees will find a large selection of new and used boats from leading Florida Keys boat dealers as well as quality marine equipment, rods and reels, arts and crafts, and even nautical clothing.

Kids in attendance can take part in the “Fish Florida” program that provides free rods, reels and tackle boxes. They receive their gear after participating in an educational program, set for approximately 10:30 a.m. each day, that focuses on responsible angling, bait and tackle, knot tying, equipment and casting.

Proceeds from the boat show benefit the Rotary Club of Key West’s scholarship fund.

After enjoying the Boat Show and Nautical Market, stroll over to the end of William Street to the Schooner Wharf Bar for a dolphin sandwich an adult beverage and some great entertainment from Michael McCloud and Friends. http://www.schoonerwharf.com/

For more information, visit www.keywestboatshow.com.

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