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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair DIY Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

Sponsored by Yamalube:

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Boater's Education Center

FREE hourly seminars offer instruction, inspiration and entertainment! It’s a great way to expand your boating abilities, increase you confidence at the helm and learn how to make the most of your time on the water.

Find full schedule here.

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NEW Boating Weather, Safety & Sail Seminars—Sponsored by NOAA

Room 20 (at the bottom of the escalator)

Our crew of experts share their experience and expertise on topics ranging from basic boating skills to safety, sailing, tide changes and weather. Click here for seminars schedule.

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Progressive® Insurance Boat Club

Boost your boating IQ!

Come visit the Progressive® Boat Club! Progressive provides education and inspiration in partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship so you and your crew can get the most of your boating lifestyle.

Children under the age of 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parents' onsite permission.

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Fishing Seminars

Boater’s Education Center—Mezzanine Level

Don’t let the big one get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Click here for seminars schedule.

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New! Boater's Yacht Club Lounge

Enjoy live island music, island drinks, free Wi-Fi and a nice cool breeze while taking in a panoramic view of the expanded in-water section of the show. The Boater's Yacht Club Lounge is a tented oasis where you can ponder your options after shopping for the boat of your dreams, meet up with friends or just kick back and relax by the bay in a comfortable relaxing yacht club environment.

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Kid's Zone

Mezzanine Level

Fun activities for young mariners include a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, and coloring.

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Space G79

Feed your need for speed!  See this amazing Offshore Racing Catamaran powered by 3,300-hp 1650 Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph! Don't miss your chance to see this one of kind racing machine.


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 Progressive® Insurance Boat School

An educated boater is a safe boater.

Boost your boating IQ! Learn the fundamentals of boating safety and have fun. Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to lead an array of interactive “courses” including general boating safety seminars, proper docking procedures, a boating simulator experience, and tips and tricks to help ensure your safety on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!

  • Gateway to Boating: Get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit the boating lifestyle you choose.
  • Water Sports Safety—At the End of the Rope: Gain the know-how you need to keep everyone on your boat —and on the water—safe, and ensure every outing is fun and enjoyable.
  • iNavigation© Learn how to use the resources available to modern boaters—from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics, to tablets such as the Apple iPad® to stay safe and have fun on the water.
  • Boat Systems: Learn how to manage your boats systems from stem to stern.
  • Docking De-Stressed: Does docking cause you stress? Let us “show you the ropes” with tricks, and techniques that can make docking easy.
  • 10 Steps to Becoming a Good Gilligan: Even on a three-hour tour, a good first mate is key to a great day on the water. This sessions covers the skills you need as a first mate.

Stop by the Progressive® Insurance Welcome Center (lower level main entrance) or Progressive Insurance Boat School (main floor) for more information, and a complete schedule.

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More Big Boats—Expanded In-Water Displays!

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 at the Show! Our expanded in-water display showcases over 100 best-in-class vessels, ranging in size from 30 to 80* 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 certain boats.

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  World Champion Miss Geico Offshore Racing Boat

The fourth generation Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. Powered by 1650 RACE Mercury racing engines that generate 3,300 horsepower, she can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!  If you have a need for speed you have to see this boat.


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