Features at a Glance

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Progressive® Insurance Boat School

Boost your boating IQ!

Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to teach an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating “courses.” They’ll share tips and tricks that will help you and your crew play it safe while having fun on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center - FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair 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. 


For the full list of seminars, click here

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7th Annual Crab Pickin’ Contest

Sunday 1 PM Food Court Area

Think you’re the king or queen of crab pickin’? Come prove it at the show’s Crab Pickin’ Contest! In true Maryland style, contestants will “pick” for great prizes from Conrad's in Ellicott City and more. Contestants can sign up in the show office. The Grand Prize winner will receive a fishing trip with Wicked Tuna’s Dale Lisi aboard his vessel—Foolish Pleasures.

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Fishing and Boating Seminars

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Held in the Chesapeake Bay Magazine seminar area FREE daily seminars offer instruction and inspiration. It’s a great way to expand your skills, increase your confidence at the helm and learn how to make the most of your time on the water.

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Women at the Wheel

Ladies, would you like to become more confident on the water? This two-hour, women-only workshop is designed to give you the skills and confidence to safely and effectively skipper your own boat. You’ll learn by doing with interactive, hands-on instruction from professional captains.

Topics covered include:

  • Line-handling and throwing
  • Docking and close-quarters maneuvering
  • Communicating with your crew
  • VHF radio operation
  • Electronic navigation
  • Interactive docking pool and boat simulator training

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SUP Experience hosted by Mantra Fit

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Test equipment and experience the fun and fitness benefits of SUP Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is one of the world’s fastest growing sports—popular for both recreation and fitness. It’s a great way to explore any body of water—from ocean surf to lakes and rivers. SUP also provides an excellent core workout.

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

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Hobie Mirage Eclipse Pedal Board

A Revolution in Stand Up Boards

Stand tall on the water aboard the Eclipse, another world’s-first watercraft from Hobie. Powered by Hobie’s MirageDrive pedal system, the Mirage Eclipse is the world’s first leg-powered stand up board. Riding it as easy as walking—you just step on and go. The board is lightweight, durable and full of thoughtful features such as gear tie-downs and a carefree kick-up rudder. It’s a whole new aquatic adventure that takes stand up to a new level.

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Jr. Captain’s Program

Interactive boating education

A great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of boating. Designed for children ages 8–12, Jr. Captains is a boating skills and safety education program developed by the Annapolis School of Seamanship exclusively for the 2017 Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show®. It covers valuable first mate line handling skills such as tying a cleat hitch, throwing a line over a piling and becoming familiar with onboard safety and communication equipment.

The program is free to attendees. Due to limited availability, parents and children are encouraged to register in advance at the Show information booth and receive a boarding pass. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

  • Thursday & Friday:
    • 5:00 pm, 5:20 pm, 5:40 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday:
    • 11:00 am, 11:20 am, 11:40 am 2:00 pm, 2:20 pm, 2:40 pm

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Justin Ryan

LIVE! Thursday Night, 5 PM–8 PM

Catch singer/songwriter—and Maryland native—Justin Ryan playing live! He’ll perform tunes from his recently released solo debut album Warm Whiskey Nights. Justin is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and to date has had 10 songs that have made the NSAI’s "Ones To Watch" list.

He frequently travels to Nashville to pitch songs to industry publishers and songs he’s co-written have made their way to artists, including Rascal Flatts, creative licensing directors at multiple publishing companies and online music libraries. Justin lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with his beautiful wife Annie and their 3 children Carys, Kellen, and Arden.

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Kids’ Nautical Fun

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Kids’ Build-A-Boat: Let your little ones get creative! Young mariners can use pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of imagination to craft a one-of-a-kind nautical masterpiece to take home as a souvenir.

Kids’ SUP Yoga: Youngsters can get on board and take a class designed just for kids in the SUP Pool in Space D63

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Photo Zone—“Captain for a Day”

Show Lobby

Snap a boatie! Captain a center console out of the Inner Harbor and take a photo to share with friends and family.


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