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Located in Space # C-38

Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics:

  • Watch certified marine technician and expert wrench slinger “Fred” demo tools and techniques on actual boat and motor cutaways.
  • Learn how to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or motor.
  • Take part in discussions, ask questions and participate in hands-on-clinics.

Together, “The Boating Guy” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor,” bring more than 50 years of boating and wrench-slinging experience to the Shed.

Check back for a complete list of seminars.

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

On-the-water learning events—only at the boat show!

Nothing beats hands-on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year’s show features a full schedule of one-hour and three-hour hands-on, on-the-water workshops designed to add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience…and take your boating skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone—from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! 
Learn from experts: All sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are also certified professional instructors. 


One-Hour Powerboating Workshops

Learn through hands-on, on-the water exercises. Limited to four persons per boat. Choose from: 

  • Basic Docking and Fundamental Close Quarters Maneuvering Skills 
  • Advanced Docking Skills 
  • Open Water Boat Handling and Safety
  • Anchoring & Multi-Vessel Rafting 

Advance registration highly recommended. Registration fee: $15 advance online registration or $20 at the show. (Show admission not included). On-line registration will be available August 1st, 2014.


Three-Hour Powerboating Workshops

These three-hour, underway sessions feature additional skills training and more practice time for an even greater learning experience. Choose from: 

  • Powerboating Made Easy—Ideal for new boaters or those with no formal training. 
  • Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control in Tight Spaces—for experienced boaters 

Advanced registration highly recommended. Registration fee: $99 advance online registration  or $125 at the show Participants who register in advance will also receive FREE boat show admission for the day. 
On-line registraton will be available August 1st, 2014.

Welcome to the Water Center

Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water. The Welcome to the Water Center is   your one-stop resource for boating information and advice
•Straightforward answers to all your boating questions
•Expert, unbiased advice on finding a boat that best suits your lifestyle and your budget
•Information you can trust and local resources to help you get started
Boating on a Budget
Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by and check out this special showcase of boats you can own for less than $250 per month.
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Discover Boating!

Big Boats—Expanded In-Water Exhibit!

Whether you're in the market for a luxury cruiser, or are just dreaming about the day your ship will come in, your search for the ultimate boat starts here! Our expanded in-water display will showcase nearly 100 best-in-class vessels, ranging in size from 30 to 90 feet! See a stunning assortment of large pleasure craft, including luxury yachts, sportfishers, sport cruisers, motor yachts, family cruisers, and more.
The number of people allowed on board select craft may be limited, both to ensure enjoyable viewing and for safety considerations; appointments may be required to board these boats.

See the ALL-NEW Miss GEICO Racing Boat 

The six-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to introduce the newest and latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat.

The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/kevlar. At approximately 11,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor and is equal in length. She has a 12-ft. beam, which is 6-ft. wider than the former boat; the extra width will allow her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed.

Powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines, she currently has a top speed of 170mph. Off-season plans include replacing these engines with a set of 1500 HP piston racing engines which will enable Miss GEICO to reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!

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SpongeBob SquarePants

Meet Bikini Bottoms' favorite resident! Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants is making a special appearance at the show. He'll be on hand to greet his fans and pose for pictures Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7, from Noon – 4pm. Don't forget your camera!