Madison Boat Show set for Jan. 27-29

MADISON, Wis.—Big? The word doesn’t come close to describing last year’s Fourth Madison Boat & Water Sports Show. But the 2006 edition of this exciting event, which runs Jan. 27-29, 2006, at the Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., is even bigger.

No, not a misprint—a statement of fact that becomes readily apparent when visitors see firsthand more than 275 boats—the largest selection of boats ever shown in Madison—presented by south-central Wisconsin’s best and largest boat dealers.

Lake lovers will discover fishing boats, sport boats, ski boats, ski and wakeboard boats, pontoon and deck boats, personal watercraft and jet boats, water sports products and accessories, and much more.

A main attraction is the new Baja 35 Outlaw, which literally rocks the high-performance scene. On display by Hawkeye Boat Sales of Dubuque, Iowa, the new Baja ushers in the manufacturer’s 35th anniversary. Creed Waelchli, Hawkeye sales and marketing manager, said: “What better way to celebrate 35 full-throttle years than with 35 feet of hot new Baja sizzle?”

That’s just the beginning. Consider the Glastron GX 205, displayed by Duchow’s Boat Center, Oconomowoc, Wis. Al Visintainer said: “If there was an award for best all-around athlete in boating, the GX 205 would win hands-down. This is quite possibly the perfect boat. For starters, there’s plenty of room, more and more features than any other 20-foot bowrider.”

Anglers will also delight in the array of Lowe Boats on display by Rock River Marina, Edgerton, Wis. Erik Samuelson of Rock River Marina said that among the numerous boats he’ll bring to the show is Lowe’s Sea Nymph Fishing Machine series 165S, a super rugged, deep-V designed especially for big water.

With that for starters, show attendees can also expect the Donzi ZR series boats on display by Shipyard Marine, Green Bay, Wis. Tim Hogan of Shipyard Marine explained that in 2002 Donzi introduced the 38ZR Competition race boat and right out of the box began winning races, soon earning a reputation as the best handling boat on the offshore circuit.

“Thanks to its next-generation Z-Tech ventilated running surface, the ZR is predictable in turns, maintains trajectory when airborne, and is forgiving upon re-entry—all very important traits to offshore racers,” said Hogan. “Today, the ZR is a proven competitor, having amassed three consecutive APBA National Championships in Factory 2, and two more in Super Vee class—taking the National Championship each year in every class it has competed in since it was introduced.”

With that glimpse of what’s in store for pleasure boaters and fishing enthusiasts at the show, anglers should reexamine their love of fishing and a hands-on examination of new boats. And they should also mark calendars for the Fifth Annual Capital City Boat & Water Sports Show premiering at the Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall in Madison, Wis., from Jan. 27-29.

Show hours are: 1-9 p.m., Jan. 27; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Jan. 28; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Jan. 29.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 children age 12-17, and free to children 11 and younger. Seniors will be admitted for $6 Friday only.

For driving directions and more information, visit or call 1-800-332-3976.

From the Jan. 4-10, 2006

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