Seminars



Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center,  Booth 1846

DIY seminars and hands-on workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repairs and upgrades

 Watch, learn and do! If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for free seminars and workshops. Daily sessions will cover a variety of topics, and include demos and question/answer sessions. Together, hosts “The Boating Guy,” and certified marine service technician "Fred", bring more than 50 years boating and marine service experience to the Shed.

 Stop by for professional, practical advice, participate in hands-on clinics, ask questions, and see the cutaway boat and motor. It's all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show.

 Seminar Descriptions:

 Don’t be fuelish: Propping your boat for performance & fuel economy. Sponsored by Endless Propeller Solutions. Did you know that a small ding on your prop could cost you 15% in fuel efficiency? Wonder if changing the pitch on your prop will make your boat plane faster? Get answers to these questions and learn how props affect performance and fuel economy.

Maintaining a gas outboard: Tips from a pro. Sponsored by Yamalube. Get pointers on keeping your gas-powered marine engine running its best and learn about basic maintenance, including winterization. Look inside a motor cutaway for a better understanding of motor mechanics.

 Maintaining stern drives & inboards: Tips from a pro. Gas-powered stern drive and inboard engines require proper maintenance to run their best. During this session you'll learn about routine maintenance and tricks that can boost performance and prolong the life of your engine.

 Maintaining a diesel engine: Tips from a pro.  Whether you have a small diesel generator or full-size twin diesels pushing an offshore sport fishing vessel, this workshop is for you. Learn about general diesel maintenance and ask questions about your DIY projects

 Keeping your boat “shipshape”: Detailing & general maintenance. Discover the best ways to keep your boat clean. Learn tricks of the trade for getting rid of dirty black streaks and water marks on your hull. Find out which products can make your seats and canvas look new. Whether you‘re a lifelong boater or just bought your first boat, you’re sure to benefit from this seminar. 

 Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working. Sponsored by Yamalube. This session will tackle fuel system basics, including the tough subject of ethanol in marine engines.

 All charged up: Installing & maintaining a marine battery system. Everything you need to know about marine batteries, but didn’t know who or what to ask! Listen in as our pros share their expertise. You’re sure to leave with the know-how to install and maintain your batteries.

 Go one-on-one with a service technician. Stop by for a FREE one-on-one consultation with our certified marine technician, Fred, compliments of the Show. Get advice and answers to your questions with the help of cutaway motors, tools and a cutaway boat for hands-on demonstrations. Sessions will be first-come, first-served.

 Changing a water pump. Although often overlooked, your boat’s water pump should be changed regularly. A faulty impellor is one of the primary causes of engine failure. Stop by to learn how to change a water pump, and simple tricks that make the job easier. 

 Basic fiberglass repair & maintenance.  Learn about preventative fiberglass maintenance and strategies for repairing damage. Demos on cutaway fiberglass panels give you a firsthand look at maintenance and repair techniques. If you own a fiberglass boat, you do not want to miss this workshop.

 Maintaining your generator.  Learn how to keep your generator in top working order. Fred will share a list of do and don'ts for operating and maintaining your generator.

 How to choose & install marine electronics. So you have a fish finder, but you’re not sure how and where to install a transducer? You haven’t used your radar in two seasons because you can’t clear the background noise? You’re wondering about adding autopilot to your boat? Get answers to these questions and more and learn about choosing, installing and operating marine electronics at this session. 

 The ins & outs of the head.   Learn the basics of maintaining the grey and black water systems on your boat.  Have questions about a macerator pump or want to add a new toilet?  Stop by for reliable advice and answers to all your questions.

                                          The 2015 Schedule will be posted soon