Features at a Glance

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NEW! Virtual Fishing Simulator

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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

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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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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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Discover Fishing Seminars

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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

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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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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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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

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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.


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.


Progressive Insurance

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