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Discover Boating

Discover Boating for less than $250 a month!

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice.  Our friendly crew can answer your questions and set you on a course to becoming a boater or help you make the most of your time on the water.

  • Straightforward answers to all your boating questions

  • Expert, unbiased advice on choosing a boat that suits your lifestyle

  • Local resources to help you get started

Discover Boating for less than $250 a month!  Think owning a boat is out of your reach?  Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable that you may realize.  Be sure to check out this showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250 per month.


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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

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. 

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Feed your need for speed!

The fourth-generation Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion offshore racing boat can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!

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Progressive® Insurance Boat School

Boost your boating IQ!

Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to teach an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating “courses.” They’ll share tips and tricks that will help you and your crew play it safe while having fun on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!

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United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

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® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® 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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Kids’ Toy Boat Building

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.

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Meet Captain Dave Carraro from National Geographic Channel’s Wicked Tuna

Saturday–Monday, February 11–13

Dave Carraro is the fiercely competitive captain of the FV-Tuna.com on National Geographic Channel’s smash hit show Wicked Tuna. Dave holds a U.S.C.G 100-ton Master License and has an invaluable 32 years experience with Gloucester Fishing Charters. Dave began fishing with his dad as a kid and has done so almost every day for the past 33 years!

Appearance Schedule

Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12: 1pm–3pm & 4pm–6pm

Monday, February 13: 11pm–3pm

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Pets on Board Photo Contest

Does your pooch like to make waves? Is your cat a real cruiser? Share your favorite photo of your pet living the boating life to win a pet life jacket!

To enter the contest: Bring a photo of your “Pet on Board” to the Show with your pet’s name, your name and contact information (phone number or email address) written on the back. Post your photo on the “Pets on Board” wall in the Discover Boating Center (Booth B7)

Judges will select the top three (3) photos at the conclusion of the show. Each winner will be awarded a life jacket for their boating pet. You may also enter to win by sharing your pet’s photo through twitter.com/NEBoatShow or Facebook.com/NewEnglandBoatShow using hashtag #petsonboard.

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.

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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 46' 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 of all abilities.

Progressive Progressive Insurance Boat School GMC Geico KeepAmericaFishing Fred's Shed NMMA-Certification Discover Boating