Features at a Glance

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Touch-A-Boat Tour

Space P12

NEW! The Touch-a-Boat Tour features actual working vessels from the USCG 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


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Meet Spongebob Squarepants

Say hello to Bikini Bottoms' favorite resident! Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants will be on hand to greet his fans and pose for pictures. It's gonna be the Best Day Ever!

Saturday 12PM–4PM


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New! 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 4th 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 and your crew can get the most of your boating lifestyle.

Children under the age of 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parents' onsite permission.

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair DIY Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

Sponsored by Yamalube:

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Discover Fishing Seminars

Presented by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), The Fisherman Magazine & Canyon Runner Sportfishing—Space P42

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 832

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

Space B68

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

Space P54

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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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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Eric Stone—Live Music

Space A68

Enjoy the island-inspired music of Eric Stone. Eric will perform life daily, playing his unique blend of rock, pop, and country music inspired by the tropics and his love of the water.

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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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Create-A-Boat—Kids’ Toy Boat Building

Space P54

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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Kids’ Boating

Space F67

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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Fun Photo Ops

Space PF2

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

Space F4

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 (2015-2017) winners are not eligible to enter the contest in 2018.



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