Be sure to check out these shows to see what's new in the world of yachting.

Happenings: Boat Shows

Newport International Boat Show

This is the big daddy of American boat shows and it's happening this weekend, September 16 to 19. It's not too late to hit the docks for the 40th anniversary of the Newport show, which covers 13 acres along America's Cup Avenue. More than 750 exhibitors are participating and 600 boats ranging in size from 16 to 100 feet are on display, plus inflatables, equipment and accessories of all types. There's a large trawler display and a "Multihull Lagoon" with a full display of sail and power multihull yachts. Services such as financing, insurance, surveying, repair, transport and maintenance can be seen throughout the show. Also, there will be demonstrations, seminars and workshops. www.newportboatshow.com

Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show

If it's too late to get yourself to Newport, why not spend a fall weekend with the whole family at Norwalk's International In-Water Boat Show, September 23-26, 2010? The Norwalk show features plenty to experience. Meet Russell Newberry, star of the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, enter a wing-eating contest, explore the History of Boating in America exhibit, or try SCUBA. And, oh yeah, there will be 750 boats to check out, too! www.boatshownorwalk.com

New Bedford's Working Waterfront Festival

If you need a short break from looking at yachts, make a trip to New Bedford to celebrate the largest fishing port in the United States. The Working Waterfront Festival presents performances of music, dance and poetry, demonstrations and contests of industry skills, tours of workboats, cooking demonstrations, author readings, children's activities, documentary films and footage of life at sea. There will also be U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, a tug boat muster, whaleboat races, and more! www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org