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PaddleFest Pool—Hosted by Mantra Fit & Ultimate Watersports

Test equipment & experience the fun & fitness benefits of paddle sports

Paddle sports are enjoying a surge in popularity—thanks to their affordability, ease of use and fitness benefits. Watch demos and get out on the PadddleFest Pool to experience the fun for yourself.

What’s SUP? An offshoot of surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, has evolved into one of the world’s fastest growing sports—popular for both recreation and fitness.

You can get on board with Mantra Fit during the show — Stop by to take a paddleboard out for a test ride or pre-register for a free SUP fitness class. Surf's up!

CLICK HERE for SUP class descriptions and Schedule. To Register for a fitness class

Try Kayaking Join the pros at Ultimate Watersports for FREE demos of the latest and greatest kayaks in the industry! Get tips from certified instructors while you test drive our kayaks right on the PaddleFest Pool!

*comfortable or athletic type clothing is recommended for all SUP/ kayak activities, but not required.  Proper attire is needed for any fitness classes.  Changing facility will be offered on site 

Located in Space C106

CLICK HERE for information about Mantra Fit

CLICK HERE for information about Ultimate Watersports



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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center 

DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.

Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free, daily seminars and talk-show format clinics cover a variety of topics, and include demos and question/answer. Together, hosts “The Boating Guy,” and certified marine service technician Fred, bring more than 50 years of boating experience to the Shed and will be on site to share their expertise. Stop by to see the cutaway boat and motor, participate in hands-on clinics and get your questions answered. Best of all, it’s all FREE, compliments of the Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show.


New this year—Fred’s Shed DIY Guidebook Seminar attendees will receive the Fred’s Shed DIY Guidebook, featuring export advice and how-to articles from Boating magazine.

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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. 

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NEW! DIscover Boating Center

Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water. The Discover Boating 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.

Compare costs of Boating vs, other Leisure Activities


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New! 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.
  • Watersports Safety Seminar 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 & Line Handling: 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 or Progressive Insurance Boat School for more information.


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Ultimate Boaters Party Pack

This awesome prize includes a Marine BBQ Grill, grill tools, hand-held VHF Radio, tube and rope and a set of waterproof speakers. Provided by Boating Center of Baltimore, Annapolis Yacht Sales and Poly-Planar

Stand Up Paddleboarding Classes or One-Month Membership to Mantra Fit

Ten SUP classes will be awarded to one winner, and five other winners will receive one-month memberships for fitness classes, including Surfset.

Magma BBQ Giveaway

Don't miss your chance to win one of the “World’s Greatest Grills on Land or Sea” – a Magma BBQ Grill!
Magma is the world’s leading manufacturer of boat grills and accessories, winning “Best Choice” awards year after year. Sponsored by Annapolis Yacht Sales.

For your chance to to win one of these prizes complete entry form at the  “Enter to Win” kiosk located in the
Lower Pratt Lobby Thursday, January 29–Sunday, February 1


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5th Annual Crab Picking Contest

Shells will be flying as contestants show off their skill in reducing piles of crustaceans to mounds of crab meat. 

Sponsored by the Shanty Grill   100.7 The Bay
Listen to 100.7 The Bay for your chance to win your way into the contest.
(A limited number of contestants will be able to sign up on site, one hour prior to the contest start)

Saturday 5pm in the Food Court.


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Blackbear the Pirate

Meet Steve Buckley, the author of the award-winning adventure series, Blackbear the Pirate. Steve will read and sign copies of his books. Kids can also enjoy pirate-inspired activities, including:

  •   Coloring Pages
  •   Making a Pirate Hat
  •   A treasure hunt
  •   Free Pirate booty
  •   Book Reading

Located in the Kids' Cove Area - Space C64

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Free Face Painting for kids of all ages

Kids enjoy free face. With many designs to choose from, there is something for kids of all ages! Courtesy of Heavenly Face Painting

Saturday 11am–3pm & 4pm–8pm
Sunday 11am–4pm

Located in the Kids' Cove Area–Space C64

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Kids' Create a Boat—Toy Boat Building

Let your little ones get creative! Toy Boat Building gives your child a chance to build a nautical masterpiece—a one-of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of imagination.


Located in the Kids' Cove Area - Space C64

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Meet Nickelodeon's Dora The Explorer!

Don't miss the girl that's determined, positive, helpful, caring and ALWAYS
ready for adventure, Dora the Explorer!

Dora will appear at the show on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm.


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