LACONIA —An in-water boat show featuring the latest boats and water toys will be held this weekend at the NASWA resort on the Weirs Channel.
Naz Aquamania will be the largest in the water boat show on Lake Winnipesaukee and will feature the latest boats from four of the largest boat dealers on the lake, as well as personal watercraft and stand-up paddleboards, wakeboards, tubes and towables that provide enjoyment for all ages in the water.
Cynthia Makris, NASWA president, says that the idea for the event came to her while she was in Florida along with her mother, Hope, in February.
''I looked at the calendar and came up with the idea as something we could do to have an event during the lull between Memorial Day weekend and Bike Week. An in-water boat show seemed a natural event that would highlight the businesses in the area. So I called Vin Mullarkey at Channel Marine and Kevin Keenan at Paugus Bay Marina and they both agreed it was a good idea and said they'd take part,'' says Makris.
She then contacted Jeff Levitan, vice president and sales manager of Mix 94.1 radio. The station does remote broadcasts every Friday for weekend kickoffs, which originate from a Channel Marine boat docked at the NASWA. Levitan was enthusiastic about promoting the event.
Naz Aquamania will feature four boats from each of the participating marinas — Channel Marine, Silver Sands Marina, Paugus Bay Marina and Irwin Marine — and water toys from HK Powersports and Sports & Marine Parafunalia as well as marine audio and GPS devices from Vanworks.
Irwin Marine, established in 1919 making it the oldest boat dealer on the lake, offers Sea Ray boats, Meridian Yachts, Berkshire pontoon boats as well as Alumacraft boats and personal watercraft.
Paugus Bay Marina offers the Formula and Bryant boat lines, while Channel Marine, which has been around since 1946, features Bennington pontoon boats, Cruiser SporteSeries and Yamaha marine engines.
Silver Sands boat line includes Regal, Master Craft and Carver yachts.
HK Powersports offers both Sea-Doo and Yamaha personal watercraft while Sports & Marine Parafunalia has a full-line of wakeboards, stand-up paddle boards and water trampolines.
''There's going to be a lot for people interested in boats and watersports to take in at our docks and and beach,'' says Makris, who says there will be lots of food and refreshments available at the NazBar and Grill with live music both days at the beach where 94.1 FM will be broadcasting live on both days.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with live music at 2 p.m. Saturday from Brothers Way, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday from MB Padfield.
Makris says that the event will kick off a busy month of June for the NASWA, which will see the ninth annual Peter Makris Memorial Ran on Saturday, July 13, and a celebration of the NASWA's 80th birthday and Saturday, June 27. The birthday celebration will feature a giant fireworks display that night as well as a celebration of the sixth annual NASWA Day on Sunday which will be attended by Gov. Maggie Hassan, who will be presenting a proclamation honoring the family-owned resort which is run by its third generation of women.
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