Summer is difficult to imagine when the wind-chill factor dips below zero. Still, the Washington Capital Centre Boat Show, which opens a five-day engagement Wednesday, will do its best to forecast warm weather just around the corner.

More than 450 boats, valued at $6 million, will be on display. More than 100 exhibitors, including most major boat dealers in the metropolitan Washington area, will take part in the show, making its debut at Capital Centre.

Everything from electric boats to bluewater cruisers will be on display, including sailboats. Kayak, canoe and raft enthusiasts will also find an extensive selection, complete with equipment and supplies.

A wide selection of accessories, fish equipment and safety products will be on display, along with the latest in trailers, propellers and engines.

The newest water-skiing equipment and supplies and a complete line of scubba gear, from wetsuits to spearguns, are other attractions.

Safety tips will be given by the District Five Power Squadron. Also a good selection of books and manuals will be available.

The exhibits will be set up inside the arena and in an adjoining heated tent. The tent, which will cover more than two acres of space - it's billed at the largest tent ever built in this country - will have a passageway to the arena, allowing spectators to visit display areas without fear of the elements.

Showtimes for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be from 4 until 10 p.m. Saturday hours will be noon until 10 and Sunday from noon until 8.

Tickets will be $3.75 for adults and $1.75 for children, ages 6-12 (5 and under admitted free). They are available at Capital Centre and all its ticket outlets.