7 things at the Utah Boat Show you never knew you needed
Published: February 8, 2014 12:45PM
Updated: February 8, 2014 12:45PM
Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Richard Obermark of Sandy and his grandson James, 6, have some fun checking out the jet skis during the 60th annual Utah Boat Show as it gets underway with vendors displaying the latest wares at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Sandy • The Utah Boat Show and Watersports Exposition continues through Feb. 9 at the South Towne Expo Center, with more than 300 watercraft — including a $1 million yacht — on display in 250,000 square feet of exhibit space.

There’s plenty to see, including lots of things few boaters even knew they needed, such as:

Wondergel Advanced Seat Cushion • Designed, perhaps, for a captain’s chair on a boat, these gel products make sitting for long periods more comfortable.

Happi Hoodz • This $60 item is a sort of uber-long sweatshirt with a hood. It hangs to the knees and is designed to replace traditional sweats to keep boaters warm when they get out of the water.

Wrap-It-Cool • Sometimes, when you strain something water skiing or boating too hard, you might need to ice a body part in a place where ice is scarce, if it is available at all. This first-aid wrap can provide as much relief in 90 minutes as an ice wrap can in 24 hours and doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Zoll AED Defibrillator • This portable heart defibrillator is offered to boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts who want to be prepared in case someone has a heart attack.

Pavati Wakeboard Boat • This all-aluminum boat is 20 percent lighter than other wakeboard boats, which means better gas mileage — and it has no rivets. It’s pretty fast, too, because it is powered by a Corvette engine.

Ultimate Soft-Sided Cooler • Soft-sided coolers always seem like a good idea, but many leak and don’t keep ice as well as hard sided models. This model, ranging in price from $39.95 to $79.95, is guaranteed to keep ice for 24 hours and not sweat or leak.

A stake in Still Water Lake Estates • A private water skiing complex being built in Syracuse includes two lakes, each of which is surrounded by 15 lots that include boat slips and covered shelters.

Utah Boat Show and Watersports Exposition

Where • South Towne Exposition Center, 9585 S. State St., Sandy

Hours • Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission • Adults, $9; seniors and military with ID, $8; children 12 and younger free with paid adults. Tickets are available at the show or online at www.utahboatshow.com.