Features at a Glance
SAILFEST IS BACK!
SailFest is back bigger and better than ever! Featuring the latest in Sailboats for your racing and cruising pleasure. See, board and explore sailboats from 8’ to 45’ from more than twenty manufacturers. Shop more than 100 booths of sailing related products and services including sailmakers, canvas, sailboat hardware, cordage, marine electronics, rigging equipment and services, time share companies offering large sailboats for fractional ownership, sailing schools, foul weather gear, sailing gear, clothing.
There will be daily seminars for sailors and boaters, from the beginner to the advanced.
Check the seminar schedule for the times and dates of all seminars and clinics.
See the ALL-NEW Miss GEICO Racing Boat
The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/kevlar. At approximately 11,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor and is equal in length. She has a 12-ft. beam, which is 6-ft. wider than the former boat; the extra width will allow her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed.
Powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines, she currently has a top speed of 170mph. Off-season plans include replacing these engines with a set of 1500 HP piston racing engines which will enable Miss GEICO to reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center
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.
Click Here for a complete seminar listing.
New to Boating? Welcome to the Water! Booth 1805
Interested in powerboating? Want to get started in sailing? Set your course for Booth 1805. Our new Welcome to the Water Center will help you learn how to get off the dock and onto the water. Stop by for:
- Straightforward answers to all your boating questions
- Unbiased advice on choosing a boat that suits your lifestyle and your budget
- Information you can trust and local resources to help you get started
Boating on a Budget?
When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is probably far more affodable than you realize. Be sure to check out our showcases of budget-friendly power- and sailboats you can finance for less that $250 per month.
NEW! Pets on Board Photo Contest
To enter the contest
Post your photo on the “Pets on Board” wall in the Welcome to the Water Center, Booth 1805
Contest is open to all amateur photographers. All photographs submitted become the property of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), will not be returned and may be used for advertising and marketing purposes. Professional photographers may not submit entries.
Thursday 2/27 is Boston Baseball Fans' Night! WEEI will be on site from 5pm to 7pm with the Red Sox Championship ring! Don't miss your chance to see & have your photo taken with the RING!
Friday 2/28 is Classic Rock Lovers Night! Join WZLX from 5pm to 7pm along with on air personality, avid boater & fisherman Kevin Karlson for great music, games & prizes!
Saturday 3/1 is a mix of events for Sports and Music lovers, alike! Join these stations for games & prizes and giveaways!
WBZ-FM from 10am to 12pm.
WROR-FM from 1pm to 3pm.
WBOS-FM from 4pm to 6pm.
Old Charts of New England Booth 227
Old Charts of New England will offer a glimpse into the past with charts and maps of our rich and colorful maritime history.
Learn about the history behind the surveying of the U.S. coast, how chart making got its start in the United States and the importance nautical charts played in the growth of our nation.
Old Charts of New England specializes in the Coast Survey Charts created by the Office of the Coast Survey, which is the U.S. Government's oldest scientific organization, and will have a number of reproduction historical Coast Survey Charts on display for you to admire as well.
Be sure to visit Booth 227 and explore the history of charts and maps used in nautical navigation!
Come meet "Patrick Star"
Straight from Bikini Bottom, Sponge Bobs' pal Patrick will visit the Show on Saturday, March 1st, from Noon to 3pm. Don't miss your chance to meet Patrick. Be sure to bring your camera to take a photo with him!