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Online Boat Auction Fundraiser—Mass Marine Trades Educational Trust

Booth D80

New 2016 Robalo 160 with 70HP Yamaha Outboard & Trailer

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust (MMTET) and our Kids in Boating Initiative, both affiliates of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA), are once again conducting a boat auction and fundraiser running through the final day of the Boat Show—February 18. The auction will raise money for two causes to help strengthen recreational boating. 50% of the proceeds will go toward our Scholarship fund supporting Massachusetts residents pursuing education or training to work in the recreational boating industry. 50% of the proceeds will go to our KIDS in boating initiative to support non-profit youth boating programs and helping implement efforts to get more kids on the water.

The boat, motor and trailer package was donated by 3A Marine Service Inc. of Hingham, MA and Robalo Boats. The online auction will run through the final day of the boat show, Sunday, February 18 and will end at 3pm. The highest online bidder will win the boat package and delivery.

To make a donation or to bid, please visit the auction site at: https://www.32auctions.com/boatauction2018

Please stop by the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, Booth D80, for more information and to see the boat package.


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Tour Salt—the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary’s life-size inflatable humpback whale!

Booth M2

Hear the unbelievable, but true, story of our real humpback, Salt, and learn why she's famous. Discover why she swims 3,200 miles each year to visit Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, your underwater park off the coast of Massachusetts.

Fun activities and important information for children and adults:

  • Try on a Blubber Glove!
  • Eat Like a Whale!
  • Find out how you can Get Into Your Sanctuary to see Salt!
  • See a Spout, Watch Out! Tips for safe boating around whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Northeast Region.
  • Learn more about this wild ocean place in your backyard and how you can get involved.

Tours of Salt will be offered:

Saturday, February 10: 10am–5pm

Sunday, February 11: 11am–5pm

Saturday, February 17: 10 am–5pm

Sunday, February 18: 11am–5pm


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NEW! Kids' Touch-A-Boat Tour

Check in at Lobby

The Touch-a-Boat Tour features actual working vessels from the United States Coast Guard 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.

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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 and your crew can get the most of your boating lifestyle.

Children under the age of 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parents' onsite permission.

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Coppersmith Cooks Up Nautical Fare

February 10, 15 and 17

Coppersmith in South Boston is back with live cooking demos and delicious cooking tips for a great day on the water. The Coppersmith team will be making tuna tartare wontons, prime rib sliders and more on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1pm–5pm, Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5pm–8pm, and Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1pm–5pm. at the Goose Hummock booth.

Plus, be sure to visit Coppersmith Boston beginning February 9 for your chance to win a grand prize worth $3,000! To enter, all you have to do is snap a pic with the boat “docked” in their restaurant. To learn more about the sweepstakes click here!

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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

Space N73

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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Gone Fishing! Fishing & Kayak Demo Pool

Booth N14

Goose Hummock Shops will be offering top-notch fishing seminars and kayak demos in two giant, brand new fiberglass water tanks, Attendees can test lures, rods and reels, plus the latest kayaks.  Stay tuned for more seminar times and updates soon on NewEnglandBoatShow.com.


Find the full fishing seminar schedule HERE

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

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Feed your need for speed!  See this amazing Offshore Racing Catamaran powered by 3,300-hp 1650 Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph! Don't miss your chance to see this one of kind racing machine.


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Pets on Board Photo Contest

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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!

Three ways to enter:
1. Share a nautical photo of your pet, including their name and tag #petsonboard AND #NEBoatShow on Twitter or Instagram.
2. Comment on the 'Pets on Board' Facebook Post from 1/27/18 with a photo of your pet on board! You can find it HERE.
3. Bring a printed photo of your nautical pet to the show with your pet's name and your contact information (name, phone number, and email address) written on the back. Post your photo on the 'Pets on Board' wall in the Discover Boating Center.
Visit the Promotions Page for more information and rules.

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

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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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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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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 10, 11am–7pm

Sunday, February 11, Noon–5pm

Saturday, February 17, 11am–7pm

Sunday, February 18, Noon–4pm



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