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Chicago Boat Show: Old boats, scuba, notes

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There's the shiny and new (below) at the Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show, but what caught my eye was the building of wooden boats; that and other notes.


I hit opening day Thursday, snow and all. Going back tonight with the family, for another perspective.

My two highlights were the World of Scuba presented by Scuba Emporium and Evolution of Boat Building presented by Gage Marine.

Highly recommend hitting both. Should throw in the DIY exhibit too, if you're handy.

BTW, neatest product I saw was the the waterproof cases by Aryca for iPhones and such on sale for a show price of $35 at Scuba Emporium.

Patrick Hammer at Scuba Emporium was serious when he said to drop the kids off (10 and older) if you are trying to make a boat deal, and they can try scuba in the pool while you seal a deal on a boat.

There's plenty of other stuff for kids, too at the show. And 15 and younger get in free.

But what drew me in was the most was Evolution of Boat Building. Ended up spending more than an hour with Bill Gage of Gage Marine talking about building wooden boats.

It is my Sunday column for the Sun-Times outdoors on it.

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