Features at a Glance
- XPogo Stunt Team
- United States Power Squadrons Boating Simulator
- Progressive Insurance Boat School
- American Fly Fishing School "Simul-Cast" Pond
- Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center
- Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat
- Discover Boating Center
- Go Boating NJ
- Photo Ops
- Discover Fishing Seminars
- Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest
- Kids' Boating
- Kids' Create-a-Boat
- Balloon Art
Watch as professional sand sculptor John Gowdy transforms a pile of sand into an amazing work of art.
Queen of the Show
This year’s Queen of the show is the Azimut Atlantis 50 Coupe with a total length overall of 53’-6”. She is a beautiful luxurious sport yacht powered by two 600 hp turbo diesel engines that enable her to achieve speeds over 32 knots. She was built to pamper those aboard with amenities including two staterooms, full galley, a tender garage, and an electrically operated hardtop. Come see this beautiful yacht at Space F47.
Wake Zone—Towed Water Sports Showcase
If you like to make waves, these are the boats for you! Learn about water sports such as wakeboarding, wake surfing and water skiing and see boats designed to offer thrills on the water.
The eight-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to introduce the latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat.
The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. long catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. At approximately 12,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor. She has a wider beam which will allow her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed.
Propelled by piston-powered engines generating 1800 horsepower per side, she currently has a top speed of 180mph. Off season plans include increasing the RPM speed to enable Miss GEICO to reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!
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 and 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.
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.
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.
Win Big, Win a Boat!
One lucky person walk away from this year’s show with a Sea Hunt 196 Ultra boat, powered by a Yamaha F-115 XB outboard engine, and includes a Load Rite Trailer (valued at over $44,000)! This amazing prize is compliments of
NJ Outboards of Bayville, NJ (visit them in space K22).
Enter in the lobby for your chance to win!
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— Harold Eckert will craft a souvenir fly for any show attendee brave enough to cut off a piece of their own (or their spouses) hair.
For more Information visit:
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.
Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice.
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
Boating is Alive & Well in New Jersey.
Discover the many ways to have fun on the water in New Jersey—with 127 miles of coastline, hundreds of miles of bay shore, inland lakes and tributaries and saltwater coastline on 17 of the state’s 21 counties there’s no shortage of opportunities to Go Boating NJ.
That’s why spending summers on the water and enjoying all that New Jersey’s varied waterways has to offer is a way of life for residents— and why visitors put spending time on the water on their itinerary. New Jersey’s beautiful waterways and natural resources offer enriching opportunities for self-discovery, whether it's simply enjoying the warm glow of an evening sunset on the water, fishing or enjoying water activities with children, friends and family.
The Big Catch
Don't let this one get away! Be sture to take a picture with this year's big catch.
Take The Wheel
Snap a Boatie! Take a photo with an authentic tall ship wheel
Enjoy the island-inspired music of Eric Stone. Eric will perform daily, playing his unique blend of rock, pop and country music inspired by the tropics and his love of the water.
Think your wing eating skills are tops? Prove it at the show's Wing-A-Thon! Contest is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3pm. Space B67
Listen to 103.7 WMGM OR go to www.1037wmgm.com for details on how to be a contestant!
Prizes coming soon!
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.
Balloon artists will twist, bend, and shape balloons into animals, headwear and other fun shapes sure to put a smile on your little one’s face.
NEW! US Power Squadron/USCGAUX Day
Meet Nickelodeon's Dora The Explorer!
Don't miss the girl that's determined, positive, helpful, caring and ALWAYS ready for adventure, Dora the Explorer!
Dora will appear at the show on Saturday 12pm-4pm.