Strictly Sail Chicago -Largest Indoor Sailboat Show in Country WHEN: Sunday, February 3, 2008---10 a.m. - 6 p.m. WHERE: Navy Pier, Festival Halls A and B, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 WEBSITE: www.StrictlySailChicago.com. HOT PRODUCTS SHOWCASED: Brand: Hedlund Marine- Hobie Inflatable Kayaks (Starting at $1,800) Presenting the all new i-Series?combining the Hobie MirageDrive within an innovative hull?its patent pending design will redefine how the world views inflatable kayaks. This 12 foot single is perfect for those who are short on room and storage. It packs nicely within its own rolling travel bag, so it can fit in the trunk of your car, on your boat, in your sailboat?you can even take it on the plane for your next vacation (airline charges may apply). Optional accessories include; a Sail Package, Cup Holder, Rod/Accessory Holder and Plug-in Cart. Brand: Line Honors-Performance Sailing Supply- Line 7 Ocean Marine Range Jacket ($550) This foul weather gear and shore-wear product line includes ocean, offshore, gulf, and squadron range for its wet-weather jackets Provides 100% water and wind proof ability while still remaining breathable Line 7 uses a fabric that is treated with Durable Water Repellency (DWR) or Super Durable Water Repellency, allowing the water to bead off the outer layer of a jacket Brand: Harken- Vortex Shoes ($80) Features a unique one-way drainage system, which rapidly drains water away from the foot while preventing water re-entering the shoe through the drainage ports. The shoes come equipped with independent radial traction zones for 360 degree directional grip, non-marking, non-rusting components, and are available in three different colors. Metatarsal, active arch and a moulded heel cup support ensure a comfortable and reliable shoe for all active sailors. Brand: Zhik- 3/4 Length Hikers ($239) With a new improved design, these hikers are the best three quarter cut hiking pants on the planet. These pants are designed with internal pockets, custom pad position and size, and extra high durability. Maximize your performance with seat, hiking pockets and knee pads made from an improved durable nylon. Brand: Kimberlite Assemblers Inc.- Signal Mate ($300) Signal Mate, a fully automated controller for current navigation sound and light signals, assists the boater by automating the sound and light safety signals which allows attention to be focused on the safe operation of the vessel Signal Mate can automate a vessel's existing sound and light signaling equipment from a small compact horn, to a large air horn system; from a LED light, to a large remote control searchlight It helps to prepare for adverse conditions on the water, reduce risks on the waterways especially in emergency situations, encourages the use of proper signaling, communicates boater's intentions with ease, and complies with mandatory navigation, regulations for boats 39 feet and above Brand: Model Sailboats The show will feature model sailboats for children to race in regatta style ? Challenge your crew, fellow yacht club member or family and friends to a remote-controlled sailboat race around the indoor sailing pond. BACKGROUND - BOATING STATISTICS Consumer interest and participation, more than 73 million Americans go boating each year. There are 18 million boats on the water each year. Boating in Chicago Chicago is a community of boaters ? with more than 5,000 slips or moorings in nine harbors ? this is truly a boater's town. Official boating season in Chicago runs May 15 through October 15. There are boats for every budget and lifestyle available at the Show. Sailboat - $50,557. BOAT BUYING TIPS-How to find a boat that is right for you. Determine the what, where and who -- what you want to do with your boat, where you'll be boating ? lake, river or ocean and whether you're interested in fishing, water sports, local or long-distance cruising. Visit DiscoverBoating.com and do your research to learn more about how to get started in boating and finding the boat that's right for you and your family. Visit a local dealership and ask for a test drive, just like with a car. Take a boater's education course to give you confidence on the water. Build a budget to determine how much you want to spend so dealers can recommend models in your price range. Look for NMMA Certified label when browsing for a boat to ensure your boat has the "official seal of approval.