Features at a Glance

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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

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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Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina

Put yourself in a vacation state of mind!

The Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina serves up an island resort ambiance along with icy cold beverages and tasty casual fare including Baha Cali fish tacos, beer battered fish & chips and specialty flatbreads. It’s the perfect place to take a break, meet up with friends and ponder your outdoor adventure options. Todd Donnelly of the Mr. Myers Band will provide musical entertainment.

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center - FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

Booth 709

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. 

For the full list of seminars, click here

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Huck Finn Trout Pond

FREE fishing for children 12 and younger

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing. Free for kids 12 and younger!

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NEW! Captain Bill and the Floaty Boat!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday ONLY!

Ahoy Mates! Be on the lookout for Captain Bill as he cruises the show floor “aboard” his Floaty Boat, leaving plenty of smiles in his wake. Enjoy watching the antics as he brings to life a crew of characters including a pirate, fisherman, Hawaiian dude, ukelele singer and yacht captain.

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FREE Paddle Sports Demos

Experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking SUP yoga and other paddle sports. We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a test ride.

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Raingutter Regatta

Saturday, 10 AM—3 PM & Sunday 11AM—4 PM ONLY!

Hosted by the Pathway to Adventure Council

Join us in a friendly competition! The Boy Scouts of America Raingutter Regatta is the model sailboat equivalent of the Pinewood Derby model car race. Race a boat down a 10-ft. long standard rain gutter by blowing on the sail through a straw—no touching allowed. The first boat to reach the end of the gutter wins! Open to kids of all ages. Boats will be provided.

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RV Info Center

Don't miss leading RV expert and author of The RV Handbook David Solberg. Dave will be on hand to chat with you about the joys of RVing and his experiences on the road and behind the wheel. Whether you’re a first-timer, a full-timer, or fall somewhere in between Dave can answer your questions and offer proven, practical advice for your next road trip.

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Sailing Seminars

With more than 175 hourly seminars available, you’re sure to find a session that suits your sailing skills, whether you’re simply curious, a new sailor still learning the ropes or consider yourself an able skipper. See the seminars page for topics and schedule. PLUS, don’t miss our full-day advanced seminars featured here.

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Sailing Simulator

Free Sailing Lessons

Discover the fun of sailing—without leaving the show floor. Enjoy a true-to-life sailing experience as you tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level while fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.


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