Features at a Glance

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SailFest is back bigger and better than ever!

 See, board and explore sailboats from 8’ to 46’. Shop more than 50 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 and sailing gear.

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NEW! Kids' Touch-A-Boat Tour

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The Touch-a-Boat Tour features actual working vessels from the NYFD 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.

Schedule: Saturdays: 10am – 7pm

                  Sundays: 10am – 5pm


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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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Gone Fishing! Fishing & Kayak Demo Pool

Booth N14

Don’t miss the Goose Hummock Shop at Booth N14, offering top-notch fishing seminars every day as well as casting and kayak demos in two giant, brand-new fiberglass water tanks. See all the lasted fishing and boat outfitting gear from all the top lines and brands. Have a question, feel free to ask. They are the experts and do have the answers! The Goose Hummock seminars can be found in the Daily Planner section of this Show Guide.

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Discover Boating - Discover Boating for less than $250 a month!

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Interested in powerboating?  Set your course for the Discover Boating Center to 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.


When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is probably far more affordable than you realize.  Be sure to check out our showcases of budget-friendly powerboats you can finance for less than $250 per month.


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Kids’ Boating

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Fun on the water—just for kids! Kids can splash around and navigate a mini lake in their own paddleboat.

Schedule: Saturdays: 10am – 7pm

                  Sundays: 10am – 5pm


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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

Booth K80

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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Going Electric

Booth F37

See the fully electric Fantail 217 made by the Canadian Electric Boat Company which has the latest in electric boat technology. This luxurious and classic electric boat is not only popular among lake boaters, but also among hotels and boat rentals around the world. Plug the Fantail 217 on a regular shore power overnight and get up to 10 hours of range.

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Tour “Salt”, the 40 foot Humpback Whale

Booth M2

Take a tour of Salt, our life-size 40 foot inflatable humpback whale!  You will be able to tour the inside of Salt and see what the inside of a whale looks like. Hear the unbelievable but true story of our real humpback, Salt, and why she's famous.  Discover the reason she swims 3,200 miles each year to visit Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, your underwater park off the coast of Massachusetts. 


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Create-A-Boat - Kids’ Toy Boat Building

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If they can imagine it, they can build it! Little skippers will have boatloads of fun creating a one-of-a kind nautical masterpieces to take home as a show souvenir.

Saturday, February 9, 11am–7pm

Sunday, February 10, Noon–5pm

Saturday, February 16, 11am–7pm

Sunday, February 17, Noon–4pm


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Enter To Win

Prizes donated by Brown’s Yacht Yard Booth Q79

Zodiac 270 Cadet Inflatable Boat. ($1,599.00 value) with a Yamaha F2.55MBH Outboard Motor.      ($1,100.00 value)     

Zim Sailing Optimist Sailboat ($3,255.00 value)

Enter at Booth Q79 or in the Show Lobby.


Progressive Insurance

West Marine

GMC Geico Infinite Beauty LeafFilter Discover Boating NMMA-Certification