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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE DIY seminars on boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.

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. 

Check back this fall for a complete seminar schedule.


NEW! Take the American Sailing Association's Sailing Challenge!

New to sailing and curious about what it takes to handle a sailboat? Or are you a more experienced sailor looking for a challenge?
Put your sailing skills to the test and race your family and friends in the ASA’s Sailing Challenge. Take control of the tiller with one hand, the mainsheet in the other and set off on a virtual marina course. Sail head-to-head, tack, jibe and trim your sails to maneuver your sailboat around the course—the fastest time wins!  

Developed by the American Sailing Association (ASA) the Sailing Challenge is great fun regardless of your level of sailing experience!  



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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Interactive Boating Simulator

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 and easy! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-ft. console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a full 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.

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Sailing Simulator—Free Sailing Lessons

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to pilot a sailboat, here’s your chance to find out—without leaving dry land! Climb aboard the Sailing Simulator and discover how fun and easy it is to sail. Designed with beginners in mind, the sailing simulator offers a true-to-life sailing experience. You’ll tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level on the show floor as fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.   


NEW! 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.

Click here for more information on Todd Donnelly and the Mr. Myers Band.


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Rockin', Rollin', Bubbles

Climb inside to take a spin—literally—in the Rockin’ Rollin’ Bubbles. Act like a crazy hamster, try log rolling tricks or race with other “water walkers”. It’s great fun, and best of all, you can go with a friend. Mom and Dad, be sure to bring your video cameras—the photo ops are fantastic!     

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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 trout pond, stocked with frisky trout is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one"!

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