Pinewood Sports’ boat show kicks off today

A tradition for 29 years and still going strong, Pinewood Sports & Marine’s annual boat show starts today, with plenty for everyone to do and see.
The boat show runs until 6:30 p.m. today, then continues from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday at its location on Highway 11/71 just west of town.
“We’re ready to go. I can’t wait,” said Al McTaggart of Pinewood’s sales department, adding the public is highly encouraged to drop by and check out the boat show.
“It’s always a good time,” he noted.
If you’re looking for a new boat, whether you’re a serious angler or just a recreational user, Pinewood will have a wide variety of Crestliner, Lund, and Triton models on sale, with company reps on site offering factory incentives.
“We’ve got about 70 boats on site here—new and used,” said McTaggart, adding the river’s open and staff will be willing to take people for boat rides.
“We’ve been water testing boats for about a month now,” he remarked.
While it’s called a boat show, McTaggart pointed out Pinewood also has much more for sale, including Mercury, Honda, and Evinrude-Johnson motors, four-wheelers, motorcycles, lawnmowers, generators, and water pumps.
There will be a barrel train ride for the kids, as well as many in-store draws, including a fly-in fishing trip and a $1,000 home improvement package.
Hotdogs, hamburgers, and pop also will be sold, with proceeds going to a local charity.
< *c>Boaters’ exam
People also can make an appointment to take their boaters’ exam in order to get a Pleasure Craft Operator Card on Saturday at 11 a.m. Phone ahead to reserve your spot at 274-7737.
According to Transport Canada, all operators of powered watercraft used for recreational purposes within Canada eventually will require the card. The following three groups of boaters require the card immediately:
•all operators of any powered watercraft under four m in length (13.1 ft);
•all operators of personal watercraft (i.e. Sea-Doos and jet skis); and
•all operators of any powered watercraft born after April 1, 1983.
As of Sept. 15, 2009, all boaters will be required to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft. There is no grandfather clause or age exemption—this law applies to all boaters.
Powered watercraft includes watercraft fitted with any size motor (even a trolling motor).