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Gulfapalooza to Rock the Cruisers in November

The Central Gulf Marine Trades Association (CGMTA) has announced plans to host the first Gulfapalooza, a three-day social event for transient boaters to be held on the Alabama Gulf Coast, from November 12-14, 2014.

Gulfapalooza will offer its participants the opportunity to network with other boater while enjoying some of the many amenities available on the Gulf Coast. The event will also give CGMTA members a chance to demonstrate their capabilities for boating support in the area.

According to CGMTA President John Fitzgerald, the event is open to all boaters, but the association is specifically targeting those who are navigating south along the Great Loop. These boaters travel down the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in the fall and pass through on their way to cross the Gulf of Mexico.

“Traditionally, only a handful of them slow down long enough to enjoy our beautiful Alabama coast,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re hoping Gulfapalooza will encourage these boaters to dock in one of our member marinas for a few days and explore.”

Eddy Johnsen and Tom Conrad have completed the Great Loop, and the association has enlisted their help with planning the event.

“Those of us who are in the process of completing or have already completed the Great Loop are a tight-knit group, and we look forward to any opportunity to get together and share stories and advice and to socialize with each other,” Johnsen said. “We’re excited to get another chance to reconnect with some of our fellow Loopers in November.”

CGMTA is a non-profit organization created to represent the recreational marine industry by promoting the strength of the regional boating environment; advocating on issues that affect the boating community; and providing networking opportunities for its members. For more information or to register for Gulfapalooza, please visit www.cgmta.org/gulfapalooza or contact Ashley Rainer at arainer@saundersyacht.com or (251) 981-3700.

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