2012 Atlantic City Indoor Boat Show

Friday, February 24, 2012

Auxiliarist Paul Casalese describes the towing equipment aboard the Coast Guard 25’ response boat to a junior member of the public at the Atlantic City Indoor Boat Show. Photo by Auxiliarist Howard Friedman.

Participation in boat shows is a staple activity for members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. It is an opportunity for us to meet the public and share information about boating safety. What makes one boat show stand out from the others is the level of investment that is made in preparing for the event and the involvement of a number of Auxiliary members in the activity.

Article by Auxiliarist Robert N. Babezki, Ocean City, NJ

 The Atlantic City Indoor Boat Show is an annual event that has become the winter time focus of the public outreach programs for the Auxiliary units in South Jersey. From its modest beginnings in a small booth with a handful of members from a few local flotillas; this year’s event has grown to include 75 members from five South Jersey Auxiliary Divisions. The effort includes a 50’-foot wide booth at the Atlantic City Convention Center and participation of the active duty personnel of Coast Guard Station Atlantic City.

Auxiliarists Bob Babezki (left) and Mike Slepian (right) meet with members of the public at the Atlantic City Indoor Boat Show. Photo by Auxiliarist Joe Giannattasio.

The planning for this event begins three months before the show. An initial batch of media releases are created and delivered to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the event’s sponsor. Three planning meetings are held to begin the process of coordinating the resources of the Auxiliary members participating in the event. Auxiliary members commit to manning the booth for the entire five days of the show.

 Station Atlantic City provided their 25’ “Defender Class” response boat and multiple active duty members helped man the booth. Station Atlantic City also provided Auxiliarists with a secure location to park their personal vehicles on the base and then made arrangements to shuttle the Auxiliarists and the active duty members over to the Atlantic City Convention Center. This event is an opportunity for the active duty and Auxiliary components of the Coast Guard to spend time working together in fellowship and getting to understand the roles each of us have in promoting recreational boating safety.

Actively organizing and planning an information booth at a large trade show, coordinating dozens of Auxiliary members from several different units is a challenging task. When you add in the participation of the active duty members, you can begin to see the reality of “Team Coast Guard” in action.

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  1. Tom Clark says:

    Are there such boat shows everywhere? This is awesome!

    • Dilnaz says:

      I like the example video you had for your iltustralion. There is hardly a case where I will watch a video online that is more than 3-5 minutes. I can pour through a transcript much faster, to determine the value.What do you think about tv news sites who usually provide a summary that is nearly a transcript, without specifically stating it?I’ve captioned a few news videos to find that case several times. The complete story is covered in writing, but there is a video with the same content.

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