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2014 Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show® Celebrates 60 Years with Best of Boating, Fun for the Whole Family
Area’s Largest Boat Show Offers Summer Fun in the Middle of Winter—Hundreds of Boats and Accessories for Sale, In-Water Learning and Attractions for All Ages, including “Swamp People”

Baltimore, MD – December 20, 2013 – Beginner boaters, skilled skippers and fun-seeking families looking for the best in boating and a day away from the woes of winter can climb aboard hundreds of boats and celebrate summer at the 2014 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show. The Baltimore Convention Center transforms into a boater’s paradise January 23-26, celebrating 60 years with the newest boats, nautical gadgets and gear for sale, plus a chance for marine enthusiasts of all ages to get their hands dirty and feet wet with a variety of interactive seminars and family entertainment including meet-and-greets with History Channel TV stars and a kids’ fly casting competition. 

Highlights of the 2014 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show include:
 
Super Sales on Watercrafts and Accessories for Every Budget and Lifestyle:
The Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show fills the Baltimore Convention Center with hundreds of boats from the Mid-Atlantic’s leading dealers and manufacturers. Compare hundreds of boats from luxury cruisers and fishing boats to family runabouts and pontoons, plus shop deals on the latest marine gadgets and gear including navigation systems, fishing gear, fish finders and water sports accessories.

Family Fun and Entertainment:
The Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show is making a big splash with family-friendly activities for all ages.

Get on the water indoors! The 50 foot long “SIMUL-CAST” Pond: Visitors can practice fly fishing and casting techniques, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding under the guidance of pros in American Fly Fishing School’s 50 foot by 50 foot pond.

Special Appearance by R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere, Stars of History Channel’s Hit TV Show Swamp People: Visitors can meet father and son alligator hunters R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from History Channel’s hit show Swamp People. R.J. and Jay Paul, active members of the Louisiana state-recognized tribe United Houma Nation, share their stories as ‘swampers’ whose survival is dependent upon the 30-day alligator hunting season along the southeastern coast of  Louisiana.

Appearance schedule: Thursday, January 23, 5pm–7pm; Friday, January 24, 1pm–3pm and 5pm–7pm; and Saturday, January 25, 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm
 
Kids’ Competition and Family Fun: New this year and taking advantage of the 50-foot “SIMULCAST” pond is the Kids Fly Casting Competition (for aspiring fisherman ages 10-17) on Sunday, January 26, from 10:30am–2pm. Previous experience fly casting is not necessary and all equipment is provided. Kids can pre-register and practice at the pond on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All contestants will win a hand-tied fly prize and up to five winners will win premium prizes for their performance.
 
Kids can build a one-of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of creativity at the Kids’ Create-a-Boat. Also making appearances are SpongeBob SquarePants andSteve Buckley, award-winning author of the Blackbear the Pirate adventure series. Steve will sign his books and lead kids in constructing their own pirate hats, coloring pages and reading books.
 
All-New Miss GEICO Offshore Race Boat: Visitors canget up close with one of the fastest 44-foot speedsters as it takes a pit stop on its route to record setting championship race wins. The all-new and much lighter Miss GEICO Race Boat is a neon green catamaran made of carbon/kevlar and powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines equipped for reaching speeds of up to 170 mph.

Prizes for Pickers: Crush the competition (and crustaceans!) in the 4th Annual Crab Pickin’ Contest on Sunday, January 26 at 3pm. Contestants will have seven minutes to pile up as much crab meat as possible to be eligible for a prize! One lucky show-goer will win a Pro Angler Hobie Kayak, compliments of Backyard Boats. Visitors can enter in the show lobby.
 
Safer, Smarter and Better Boating with Hands-on Instruction and Practice:
Boaters can boost their knowledge and skills with dozens of daily, free seminars and learning activities including. Advanced courses for experienced boaters are also available. Visit the show website for a complete schedule of educational offerings.

Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center: Visitors can watch, learn and do at Fred’s Shed, where certified marine technicians will provide practical advice for maintaining boats and motors. Free daily demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on clinics make Fred’s Shed a great boating resource, covering topics like keeping your boat ship shape, installing electronics and maintaining gas engines.
 
Daily Boating Education Sessions: Local experts from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will host informative and entertaining daily sessions that provide tips on handling onboard emergencies and getting a captain’s license.
 
Women at the Wheel: Women seeking the skills and confidence to safely and effectively take the helm can participate in this two-hour, women-only workshop by the Annapolis School of Seamanship on Saturday, January 25 from 9am–11:30am. Women will learn the fundamentals of docking, close quarters maneuvering, line handling and navigation from professional instructor captains.
 
ASOS Nautis Boating Simulator: Grab the helm of a virtual boat and experience basic boat handling right on the show floor! More experienced mariners are invited to pull off more complicated maneuvers as well as practice navigation and collision avoidance. The Nautis Simulator is provided by the Annapolis School of Seamanship.
 
Show Information and Details:
The Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show docks at the Baltimore Convention Center Thursday, January 23, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday, January 24, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
 
Admission to the Baltimore Boat Show is $12 for adults and FREE for kids 15 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online. Group discount tickets can be purchased by contacting Mary Steen at 617-472-1442 or msteen@nmma.org.
 
For show news, discounts and giveaways, visit http://www.baltimoreboatshow.com. Be a part of the Baltimore Boat Show conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
 
About the Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show®: The 60th annual Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit www.nmma.org.
 
About Progressive: The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach it whenever, wherever and however it’s most convenient—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, on a mobile device or in-person with a local agent.
 
Progressive also offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, as well as home insurance through select carriers. It’s the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au.
 
Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, Snapshot® and Service Centers.
 
The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at NYSE:PGR.
 
To learn more about Progressive Boat Insurance, which insures more than one million watercrafts, contact Erin Vrobel at Erin_L_Vrobel@Progressive.com, (440) 395-0179.
 

 

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