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Events that float your boat

Those who dream of owning a boat _ or improving upon the one they have _ will find lots to fuel their fantasies this weekend along the St. Petersburg waterfront.

The annual Sail Expo, the largest in-water sailboat show in the Southeast, sets up in and around the Vinoy basin. A few blocks away, the St. Petersburg Fall Boat Show fills the Times Arena at Bayfront Center and its yacht basin.

The expo, in its eighth year, offers sailing demonstrations, an "Ask the Experts" area, music and about 100 boats in the water.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Vinoy Park and the marina are at Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. Admission is $10 today and Friday, $12 Saturday and Sunday for adults; $4 ages 6 to 12. Toll-free 1-800-817-7245 or

The 25th annual fall boat show at the Bayfront Center includes about 180 exhibitors, many with boats in the water. Other activities include fishing clinics and swimsuit fashion shows.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 adults, $2 ages 6 to 12. Toll-free 1-800-940-7642 or

Free docks are on the east side of the Bayfront Center for those who want to go to the show by boat.