Features at a Glance

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Military/First Responder Day

Wednesday, February 27

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.

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Super Thursday Special

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

Join us on Thursday, March 1 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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NEW! Go Fishing Friday

Friday, March 1

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 a chance to win a YETI Tundra 45 cooler.  See which pro earns the title of Top Angler at the show as they compete against each other.  

The action starts on Friday from 5-7pm




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NEW! Virtual Fishing Simulator

Space P42

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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Meet Tony Carroll

Space F67

Meet Tony Carroll accomplished Professional Wakeboarder sponsored by Malibu and Axis Boats.  Tony is currently one of the top 10 Best riders in the world with a patent on the cleanest crow-mobe 540's you will ever see!  He is happy to provide some wakeboard pointers and talk riding with fans so make sure you stop by the Chessie Marine Sales booth.


Appearance Times

Friday 4:30 – close

Saturday open – close

Sunday open – 2:30


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Classic & Race Boat Display

Space C70

Take a step back in time and see classic and vintage boats dating back 66 years. Boats on display include a restored 1951 wooden Chris Craft Holiday and a 1968 Steven Hydroplane powered by a L-88 427 cubic inch blower engine—one of just three such boats remaining that survived the harsh racing life.

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

Space P2

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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Discover Fishing Seminars

Space P32

Presented by The Recreational Fishing Alliance, The Fisherman Magazine  & Canyon Runner Sportfishing

Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Sessions cover a variety of fishing topics—from proper rigging for big game fishing to offshore angling to how to land a trophy striper.


See full schedule HERE.

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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

Booth 846

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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Touch-A-Boat Tour

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

Check in at the Show’s Entrance in the Lobby

Wednesday–Friday 3pm–7:30pm

Saturday 10am–7:30pm

Sunday 10am–5:30pm


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Build -A-Boat—Kids’ Toy Boat Building

Space P12

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.


Wednesday - Friday: 3pm-7:30pm

Saturday: 10am-7:30pm

Sunday: 10am-5:30pm


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Kids’ Boating

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Boatloads of fun on the water—just for kids! Young mariners can splash around a mini lake in a paddleboat.

Wednesday–Friday 3pm–7:30pm

Saturday 10am–7:30pm

Sunday 10am–5:30pm

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Annual Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest

Saturday at 3pm -- Anchors and Ales Food Court

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" TV!


Previous three year (2016-2018) winners are not eligible to enter the contest in 2019.


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