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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.
  • 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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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

DIY seminars on boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.

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.

Best of all, it’s all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show®.



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SUP Experience — Hosted by Mantra Fit

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 paddle board out for a test ride or pre-register for a free SUP fitness class. Surf's up!

Comfortable or athletic type clothing is recommended for all SUP/ kayak activities, but not required. Proper attire is needed for any fitness classes. There will be a changing facility on site.

Located in Space D63

CLICK HERE for information about Mantra Fit

NEW! JetSurf Demos 

Redefining the World of Water Sports

Jetsurf combines surfing, high-octane motor sports and recreational fun—and you can see it in action at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show!

Weighing less than 50 lbs., it's the lightest motorized surfboard with the most powerful motor in its category, and can reach speeds up to 35 mph. Made of carbon fiber and produced by F1 and MotoGP racing engineers, JetSurf boards can be used in any water conditions and are easily transported around the world by plane, car or boat.

Located at SUP Pool Space D6

JetSurf has been featured on CNBC, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, Geek Wire
Company Story 
Website www.jetsurfus.com


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Meet Captain Dale Lisi from National Geographic Channel's Wicked Tuna

USCG Lic. Capt. Dale Lisi has been fishing the mid-Atlantic for more than twenty five years and
chartering at the helm of the "Foolish Pleasures" since 2002.  New to the vessel in 2014,
is full-time mate Eddie Braxton, a third generation North Carolina charter boat mate from
the Outer Banks. Courteous and knowledgeable; arguably one of the best mates on the planet.

The Foolish Pleasures is the only boat under 60' to catch 24 white marlin in one day
in the history of Ocean City Md



Appearance Schedule

Thursday: 2pm–4pm & 5pm–7pm
Friday: 2pm–4pm & 5pm–7pm
Saturday: 2pm–4pm & 5pm–7pm
Sunday: 12pm–2pm

Located in Space C70


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NEW! Boating Simulator—Test your Boating Skills

Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons® new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) makes learning fun! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.

Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.

Click here for More Information


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7th Annual Crab Picking Contest

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

(A limited number of contestants will be able to sign up on site, one hour prior to the contest start)

Sunday 1pm in the Food Court.


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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

Enter to win a Hobie Mirage Eclipse courtesy of Backyard Boats

The Mirage Eclipse takes stand up to a whole new level.   The Board is lightweight and durable and full of thoughtful features such as gear tie downs and a carefree kick up rudder.   


Enter to win at the Show Lobby!


Don’t miss your opportunity to take it for a test drive on our SUP pool in space D63. 

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Hear Singer, Songwriter, Justin Ryan perform LIVE!

Thursday Night 5pm–8pm!

Catch singer/songwriter—and Maryland native—Justin Ryan playing live! He’ll perform tunes from his recently released solo debut album Warm Whiskey Nights. Warm Whiskey Nights was produced and mixed by Pete Hanlon in Woodstock, New York.

Justin is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and to date has 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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