The Kick Off

Start your year on the right foot by attending one of these great boating events.

The Kick Off

Thursday, January 13, it's time to clean out the attic, dust off that old chart book or nautical painting, and head to Mystic Seaport for their first ever Appraisal Day. With help from appraisers from Bonhams of New York, the Museum will be holding a first-come, first-served appraisal day. Bonhams representatives will give a verbal estimate of the auction value for your nautical treasures. Maritime art, paintings, books, manuscripts, maps, decorative art and timepieces are all welcomed. The event will start at 10:00 and run until 4:00 at the River Room of Latitude 41 Restaurant. Admission is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For more, visit www.mysticseaport.org.

The 106th New York Boat Show will take place January 19-23 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. New to the show this year is the History of Boating in America exhibit, which takes a look at boating through the years. In addition to photography, videos and other memorabilia, the exhibit will feature a fully restored 1899 Elco electric launch and an 8-foot model PT boat. When you're done buffing up on your history, head to the Boat Handling Clinic, where you can practice docking in tight spaces with a specially designed powerboat-training simulator courtesy of the Recreational Powerboating Association. For more on the show visit www.nyboatshow.com.

For yachtsmen north of the border, the Toronto International Boat Show will take place January 8–16 at Toronto's Direct Energy Centre. New to this year's show, American sailor Zac Sunderland will make his first Canadian appearance and talk about his trip around the world. Returning to the show this year will be the world's largest man-made indoor lake, hosting wakeboarding, small boat handling courses and on the water fun for kids of all ages. Also, for lovers of the classics, the Antique & Classic Boat Society will have vintage wooden and fiberglass boats on display. For more information on the show and to purchase tickets, visit www.torontoboatshow.com.