The US Powerboat Show, held in Annapolis Maryland, starts this week on October 3rd and runs through Sunday the 6th. The US Sailboat Show starts a week later on the 10th, and runs through the 14th.

Anyone who really wants to go to these shows probably already knows the dates, so why waste this important space by spelling them out? Because traditionally the sailboat show came first, followed by the powerboat show. As a die-hard powerboater this always irked me, and I’m glad that finally, the show producers got things right. Obviously, powerboats should always come first—even in Annapolis, where those delusional "sailboters" sometimes think they have the upper hand.

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Due to the clear superiority of powerboats, your sailbote show has been postponed.

Now, let me make one thing clear: even though I like to poke fun at my breeze-loving brethren, I do have a newfound respect for them. Mostly, because they have gobs and gobs of patience. How else could they stand to go so slow? Besides, this whole America’s Cup thing really has been interesting, what with these modern sailboats that go almost as fast as powerboats could go back in the 1950s and everything.

Lest you think I've been breathing too many fumes lately, let me assure you, I have. In fact, while fishing this weekend I left my engines idling even though I was at anchor, just to enjoy the satisfaction of consuming additional fossil fuels. Any if you’re like me, you’ll be going to the first Annapolis boat show of 2013. (By "like me," I mean you're a slightly-balding middle-aged male who wears gold chains and likes big engines that go VRRRRROOOOM!) Whichever one you attend, however, there are a couple of local events going on that you should know about.

First off, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 you can take a “Ghost Tour” of the town, and learn why some folks say Annapolis is haunted. Many people believe there’s a strong paranormal presence in town, though I think this may be due to the popularity of Painkillers from Pussers. After a few of those, anyone would be seeing blurry images and strange lights. Tours start at the Historic Annapolis Museum, and go until about 9:00.

If you’d rather keep your attention on boats and boating, you can also take a water tour of Annapolis. These narrated 40-minute tours depart from the boat show water taxi dock. For more information, visit Watermark Cruises.

For more local attractions, read Annapolis, Maryland: Insider View over on YachtWorldCharters.

What about the hot new boats that will be on display? Navigating through the show to find cool stuff will be easier than ever, since you can now get a US Boat Show app that details how to get around and what to see.

And if you can’t make it, don’t worry. We’ll be attending, and we’ll bring you the latest scoop for both the power show... and that other one.

In the meantime, if you want to know about the high-points of last year’s show, check out US Sailboat Show: Annapolis Struts Her Stuff.

See you on the docks!