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NEW! Go Fishing Friday

Find all things fishing on Friday at the show.  Enjoy a fish fry, sharpen your angling skills at one of the Discover Fishing seminars, or enter the Friday Fish Fighting Tournament.  Think you have what it takes to land the winning fish?!  Stop by the virtual fishing simulator with your friends and battle to earn the best score for giveaways—or to win the grand prize! 


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NEW! Virtual Fishing Simulator

Feel the strike! Watch the rod bend! Experience the pull as your fish runs for the bottom! This interactive fishing simulator is as "reel" as it gets without getting your line wet. Will you land your trophy fish? Or just tell the tale of how it got away? Stand shoulder-to-shoulder and enjoy a friendly competition with your fishing partner to see who can land the big one


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Super Thursday Special

One-day Only Deals! Giveaways! Food & Drink Specials! Admission & Parking Discounts!

Join us on Thursday, February 28 for the show’s best deals! Take advantage of one-day only specials on a wide variety of boats and products. PLUS, enjoy discounted admission after 5pm, food and drink specials, and giveaways throughout the day.




The Captain’s Table Gala will also be held on Thursday evening. Now in its 5th year, this fundraiser benefits the Community Foodbank of New Jersey and Let Us Eat, Please.

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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 can get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your docking technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also chat with a Progressive Insurance expert to ask any questions about boating coverages or get a free quote!

Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.

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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

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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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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

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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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Step On & Go—Stand Up Pedal Board Demos & Test Rides

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Experience the world of paddlesports, courtesy of Fin-atics Marine Supply of Ocean City, NJ.  Watch Fin-atics expert staff perform demonstrations or try it yourself! On-water test rides will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Open to guests age 10 years or older.

Demo Times:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: Noon till 7pm

Saturday: 11am till 7pm

Sunday: 11am till 5pm

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Junior Captain’s Program


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


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Build -A-Boat—Kids’ Toy Boat Building

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


Friday: 3pm-7:30pm

Saturday: 10am-7:30pm

Sunday: 10am-5:30pm


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Fun Photo Ops

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Have fun with your friends and family by taking a picture with this year’s Big Catch or Snap a Boatie and take a photo behind an authentic tall ship wheel.

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Sand Art

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Watch as professional sand sculptor John Gowdy transforms a pile of sand into an amazing work of art.

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Annual Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest

Saturday at 3pm—Space A68

Cheer on contestants as they compete in our annual wing-eating contest! The contestant with the biggest "appetite for success" will walk away with a 42 inch TV! Courtesy of Chickie's & Petes.


Previous three year (2016-2018) winners are not eligible to enter the contest in 2018.


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Military/First Responder Day

Wednesday, January 23

Wednesday is the day we would like to show our gratitude for our military and first responders.  To show our appreciation we will be offering a $3 discount to all active/veteran military and active/retired first responders.  To receive this discount show your military/first responder identification card when purchasing a ticket at the show’s box office.

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US Power Squadron/USCGAUX Day

Wednesday, February 27

Wednesday only - FREE admission for USPS/USCGA members—Simply present your USPS or USCGAUX identification card at registration for one adult admission.

Progressive Insurance

Progressive Boat School Geico Infinite Beauty LeafFilter Sprayway Sea Care Johnnie Walker Discover Boating NMMA-Certification