Smooth Sailing 

Taken a recent gander as you've flown into or out of Memphis? Our region has a lot of boat-able water -- almost as many lakes as there are churches or liquor stores. Add to that the fact that we now have eight-month summers, and you have more than enough reason to check out the annual Memphis Boat Show this weekend at the Cook Convention Center. Dealers of giant boats, mid-sized boats, tiny boats, fishing tackle, and resort-property and marina representatives will be on hand to give you, according to the Memphis Boat Show Web site, "the deal of a lifetime." And hey, you can enter to win a couple of prizes that have nothing to do with maritime fun: a 1961 red Corvette and a Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide motorcycle. The always-popular Trout Tank will be back this year but with an added bonus: Catch a tagged fish (there will be 25 of them) and win a prize! The Memphis Boat Show may not feature the deafening noise, the tiles falling from the ceiling, or the gorilla on a four-wheeler of a monster-truck showdown, but it's still perfect for the whole family. After all, kids enjoy climbing walls but perhaps love nothing more than climbing all over and inside vessels that their parents can't afford.

Memphis Boat Show, Friday-Sunday, January 19-21, at the Cook Convention Center, $6. For more information, go to www.memphisboatshow.com.

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