See You Next Year Sept 6-8, 2019

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Boater's Education Center

Free Hourly Seminars

FREE hourly seminars offer instruction, inspiration and entertainment something we call Edutainment! It’s a great way to expand your abilities, increase you confidence at the helm and learn how to make the most of your time on the water. Fred Shed DIY seminars, Fishing and N.O.A.A. seminars can be found in the Boater's Education Center on the Mezz Level.

Find full schedule here.

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Weather, Navigation and Reading the Tides and Water Levels and New Generation of Charts

Our crew of experts from N.O.A.A. and the National Weather Service share their experience and expertise on topics ranging from basic boating skills, weather, tides and charting. Located in Boater's Education Center.

 Click here for seminars schedule.

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Fishing Seminars

Don’t let the big one get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Located in the Boater's Education Center.

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 can get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your docking technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also chat with a Progressive Insurance expert to ask any questions about boating coverages or get a free quote!

Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.

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On-Water Training presented by BoatU.S.

Hands-on instruction

Want to gain more confidence on the water? Curious about boating? Learn basic boat handling skills with a U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain—while out on the water!
Three-hour courses offer hands-on instruction and are a fun, easy way to boost your boating skills.

Pre-registration required—Act now! Class size limited to three persons per vessel. No prior boating experience necessary.

Fee: $149 per person includes show admission. Register NOW.


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Ladies, Let's Go Fishing! Learn to Fish Workshop

Sunday, September 9, Noon–6pm; Early Bird Cruise 10AM–11:30AM

Ladies, join us for a day of fishing fun and networking. Learn fishing strategy and techniques, practice skills, and meet other women who like to fish at this “No Yelling School of Fishing”. Hands-on instruction covers inshore/bay fishing, knot tying, casting and more. We supply everything you need—no equipment or experience required.

Hosted by Betty Bauman, founder of Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing. Speakers and instructors include Capt. Leiza Fitzgerald, Misty Wells, Capt. Jason Preito and others.

Workshop fee: $60 per person. Pre-registration required. Register HERE.

10 AM–11:30 AM: Early Bird bay cruise hosted by Freedom Boat Club. Meet your fellow anglers for an eco-tour of the local waters. For registered participants only. First come, first served. Capacity limited.

11 AM–11:30 AM: Check in—Room 18
12 PM–1 PM: Lunch, networking introductions, and welcome by Betty Bauman, Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing Founder
1 PM–2 PM: Rod/reel basics, Conservation (Betty Bauman, Misty Wells and Leiza Fitzgerald)
2 PM–3 PM: How to fish the Tampa Bay Area—fishing secrets and tips revealed! Led by Capt. Leiza Fitzgerald
3 PM–3:30 PM: Break and raffle—win cool fishing stuff!
3:30 PM–4:45PM: Hands-on practice with guides for knots, hook to line/lure, line to leader, casting
4:45 PM–5 PM: Walk to Happy Hour
5 PM–6 PM: Happy Hour/Networking—Enjoy beer, wine, sodas and snacks, courtesy of Freedom Boat Club

Optional Charter Fishing Trip—Monday, September 10. Practice your new skills on the water angling for snook, redfish, trout, snapper and more. Additional fee and pre-registration required. CLICK HERE for details


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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

Boater's Education Center Mezz Level

Looking for something to do with the kids? Stop by the boat show for some fun activities for young mariners, includes a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, and coloring. Plus a special guest that every kid knows and will love to see. This years' special guest for the kids will be on site between 2-4pm Sat & Sun.

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Space B69

Don't miss your chance to see this one of kind racing machine. The fourth generation, World Champion 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!

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Big Boats—Expanded in-Water Display

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 showcases a wide variety of best-in-class vessels, ranging in size from 30 to 80* feet! See a stunning assortment of large pleasure craft, including luxury yachts, sport fishers, 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.

Progressive Insurance

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