Features at a Glance

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New! Super Thursday Special

Join us on Thursday, January 25, for the show’s best deals! Take advantage of one-day only specials on a wide variety of boats and products. PLUS, enjoy other specials and giveaways throughout the day.


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Touch-A-Boat Tour for Kids

Space K27

NEW! The Touch-a-Boat Tour features actual working vessels from the USCG as well as a variety of recreational boats throughout the Show floor. Kids of all ages can climb aboard, talk with to captains, snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life on the high seas.

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Space J2

Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran that can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!

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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.

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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

Space 709

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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Fishing and Boating Seminars

Space K33

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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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

Space 2

Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The America’s Boating Club Boating Skills Virtual Trainer is equipped with a steering wheel and real Mercury throttle to give you hands-on experience as you pilot your virtual boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.

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Photo Zone—“Captain for a day”


Captain your very own center console out of the Inner Harbor and have fun in the photo zone with friends and family!

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8th Annual Crab Pickin’ Contest

Friday 6PM Food Court Area

In true Maryland style, contestants will "pick" for great prizes from Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant and more at the show's Crab Pickin' Contest. Contestants can sign up in the show office. The Grand Prize winner will receive a 50” 4K LED TV.

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Hobie Mirage Compass Sweepstakes

Enter to Win in the Lobby!

Enter for your chance to win a new Mirage Compass.The latest addition to Hobie’s fleet of award-winning kayaks, the new Mirage Compass is powered by the Mirage Drive pedal system with Glide Technology that moves you easily across through the water. It’s stable, yet nimble—ideal for fishing, wildlife watching and more.

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Kids' Create-A-Boat—Toy Boat Building

Space K27

If they can imagine it, they can build it! Little skippers will have boatloads of fun creating a one-of-a kind nautical masterpieces to take home as a show souvenir.

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Junior Captain’s Program

Space B31

Interactive boating education for kids ages 8–12.  A great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of boating.


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