Things to do at the show

New features and attractions for 2021 coming soon! 2020 highlights shown below.
Progressive Boat Club
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Come visit the Progressive booth for education and inspiration to help you get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also:

  • Boost your boating IQ with an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating courses
  • Spin the Progressive compass for your chance to win a branded takeaway item
  • Get answers to boating questions and chat with Progressive Insurance experts about boat coverage

Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.


  • Ask a Captain
  • Boating Apps & Tablets
  • Docking De-Stressed
  • 10 Steps to Being a Good Gilligan
  • Get Your Captains License
  • Gateway to Boating
  • Trailering (Hooking Up)
  • Maintenance 101

Hands-On Interactive:

  • Electronics 101 (SS Neversail)
  • Docking Pool
  • Line Handling
  • Trivia
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Discover Boating Experience—The Hub for Boaters

Education and inspiration for your boating lifestyle. Offering hands-on learning, dynamic demos, interactive activities and entertaining speakers, the Discover Boating Experience (DBX) is staffed by a crew of experts who are eager to share their nautical knowledge with you. Enjoy short, powerful talks that will inspire your on-water and outdoor adventures at the main stage, and visit the Hub stations to take part in workshops, get one-on-one advice, see what’s new and more.

Click Here to view the Seminar Schedule

Stations include:

  • Discover Boating—Learn which boat is right for you
  • Boat Care—Keep your boat in ship-shape
  • Conservation— Learn about National Marine Sanctuaries around the US
  • Product Innovation—Discover the latest in gear & technology
  • Main Stage: Hear from leading boating and outdoor enthusiasts

DBX offers a seating lounge where you can relax with a drink, find inspiration for your on-water adventures. Enjoy live music on the weekends.

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Marine Career & Innovation Day

Curious about a Career in the Marine Industry?

Learn about careers in the marine industry - from technicians to sales and more!  Also don't miss our Career Fair.  The Career Fair will provide a chance for those exploring a career in recreational boating to meet with potential employers and learn more about the important boating industry and jobs directly from industry experts from marine technicians to sales and much more. 

Click Here to Learn More

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Goose Hummock Saltwater Fishing Seminar Series & Demonstrations

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Goose Hummock, a leading New England Saltwater Fishing Outfitter, returns to the show with 50 Seminars on saltwater fishing.  Be sure to stop by the interactive fishing tanks for demonstrations on the art of casting for all.

Click Here for Full Seminar Schedule

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Build -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.



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Kids' Boating

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Boatloads of fun on the water—just for kids! Young mariners can splash around a mini lake in a paddleboat.

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Tour “Salt”, the 40 foot Humpback Whale

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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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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

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Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran that can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!