Features at a Glance
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.
Meet Captain TJ Ott from National Geographic Channel's Wicked Tuna
Capt. TJ Ott was born and raised on a small island just outside NYC called Broad Channel. Fishing and hunting have always been a staple in his family's life. Fishing would eventually take his father, Tim Sr., to Gloucester, Massachusetts in search of giant bluefin in 1989. TJ spent every summer on those docks in Cape Ann fishing with his father and anyone else who would take him.
When Capt TJ turned 20 years old he began to captain the family boat, the Hot Tuna. Capt. TJ has caught hundreds of giant bluefin tuna from the gulf of Maine to the outer banks of the Carolinas. When not chasing bluefin tuna TJ resides in Key West, Florida
doing light tackle charters chasing a variety of inshore and offshore species. Fishing isn't just a job for TJ it's a way of life and his passion.
Catch him on National Geographic's hit show Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna North vs. South.
Friday: 1-3pm & 5-7pm
Saturday: 11am-1pm & 3pm-5pm
American Fly Fishing Schools “SIMUL-CAST” Pond
Fly fishing, casting & paddle sports seminars, demos & lessons
Learn all about fly fishing and kayaking! Daily seminars will feature American Fly Fishing School pros demonstrating:
- Casting and fly fishing techniques in a 50-ft. long casting pond
- How to use a WASP action camera for fishing and boating videos and photography
American Fly Fishing School instructors will be available for individual casting and fly fishing lessons, as well as kayak test rides in between seminar sessions.
PLUS— Jack Montague will craft a souvenir fly for any show attendee brave enough to cut off a piece of their own (or their spouses) hair.
Kids' Fly Casting Competition
Sunday, February 8: 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Awards Ceremony: 2:30 pm– 3:00 pm
A fly casting accuracy tournament for kids age10 to 17 to demonstrate and improve their fly fishing skills, have fun and compete to win great prizes. No previous fly casting experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.
Kids can pre-register and practice at the Pond Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Grand Prize: A complete SHU~FLY fly fishing outfit—rod, reel, line, leader, backing, rod carrier
2nd Place: WILD WATER Fly Rod with case
3rd Place: SHU~FLY Max Drag Fly Reel
4th Place: One-year subscription to FLY FISHING IN SALTWATERS Magazine
5th Place: w Box of 6 A.F.F.S. custom tied flies
All contestants receive a complimentary prize of two hand-tied flies.
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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 learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics, including keeping your boat “ship shape”, choosing and installing marine electronics and maintaining gas engines.
Watch certified marine technician and expert wrench slinger “Fred” demo tools and techniques on actual boat and motor cutaways.
Learn how to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or motor.
Do take part in discussions, ask questions and participate in hands-on clinics
Together, “The Boating Guy” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor” bring more than 50 years of boating and “wrench-slinging” experience to the Shed.
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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. Off-season plans include replacing these engines with a set of 1500 HP piston racing engines which will enable Miss GEICO to reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!
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Discover Boating Center
Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
Discover Boating for less than $250/month!
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 finance for less than $250 per month.
When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget:
Compare Costs of Boating vs. Other Leisure Activities
GO BOATING NJ
Boating is Alive & Well in New Jersey.
Boating is one of those pastimes that can be postponed but never totally abandoned. Long-time boaters will tell you there’s something very special about being on the water. It’s a pastime that can be as peaceful or exhilarating as you want. It’s also a pastime that becomes part of your very being – part of your psyche.
This season, more so than any time in our recent past, reinforces the fact that the boating lifestyle is alive and well in New Jersey, in spite of nature’s best effort to preclude our season.
Sail into Atlantic City
Check out a selection of beautiful sailboats from some of the world's top manufacturers. You'll find everything from 15-ft. day sailors to a 38-ft. serious cruiser docked at the show this year.
Sail exhibits located in Spaces A23-A27.
Willard Bond Watercolor Giveaway
Enter to win an original Willard Bond watercolor painting.
Enter to win at the G. Winter Sailing booth - Space A27 or in the show lobby
The Big Catch
Don't let this one get away! Have some fun with your friends and family by taking a picture with this year's big catch.
Discover Fishing Seminars
Fishing remains the most popular activity among American boaters, with more than six out of 10 enjoying a little fishing while boating! You’ll see that hardcore angler ethic in full force at the show in 2014, with more than dozen specialized ‘how to’ fishing seminars presented by some of top fishing experts along the Atlantic Coast. From black drum and black sea bass to summer flounder and striped bass, the RFA’s free fishing seminars can put you in the action in the season ahead.
Plus, as a very special attraction in 2014, world record striped bass holder Greg Myerson will be at the show on Saturday with his 81.88-pound record mount, along with underwater photographer Mike Laptew. Our Saturday, February 8th line-up also features an afternoon discussion with fisheries experts and biologists regarding New Jersey’s #1 gamefish, the striped bass – it’s the public’s first opportunity to hear first-hand about expected changes to the management of this popular gamefish.
One lucky seminar attendee will receive a $510 gift card good at 9Ers Lureson on Saturday and Sunday!
Get a free caricature of your son or daughter by Leah Morgan of Leah's Caricatures & Face Painting.
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.
NEW! US Power Squadron/USCGAUX Day
The Show will recognize the United States Power Squadron on Wednesday, February 5 with FREE admission. Present your USPS or USCGAUX identification card at Will Call
desk for access. And, visit the United States Power Squadron booth for FREE information on everything from GPS, rules of the road and navigating through weather.