The 2015 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show, located at the Baltimore Convention Center January 29-February 1, 2015, hundreds of boats and accessories for sale, new Progressive Boat School, a chance to try stand up paddle boarding indoors, and “Wicked Tuna” appearances offering boaters, fishing fans and fun-seeking families more of the best in boating and a break from the weariness of winter.
Visitors of all ages can view hundreds of new boats, learn the latest boating techniques, sharpen stand up paddle board (SUP) skills in an indoor pool and rub elbows with a National Geographic TV star.
The show will feature more than 275 boats on display in over 180,000 square feet of show space makes one of the region’s largest shows the best place for browsers and buyers on any budget to see the latest innovations in boats, gear and accessories from the area’s leading dealers, retailers, and manufacturers.
Seminars and Demonstrations:
New Progressive Boat School:
Attendees have an opportunity to practice the fundamentals of boat handling and safety while having fun. Classes and seminars, which feature hands-on demos and simulations, are led by local top-notch boat education experts from the Annapolis School of Seamanship. Courses cover an array of topics including general boating safety, proper docking procedures, a boating simulation experience, line handling and tips and tricks when on the water.
Stand up paddle board pool:
Fitness and watersport enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn paddle tips and exercise techniques with daily, free SUP demonstrations and classes. In between scheduled seminars at the show, visitors are welcome to walk-up and try out a SUP board in the pool
Special appearance by Captain Dave Carraro of National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna:
Area anglers and reality TV fans alike can meet Captain Dave Carraro from National Geographic TV’s Wicked Tuna. Dave, Captain and owner of the FV-Tuna.com boat, is universally regarded as one of the most successful fishermen in the Bluefin tuna fishing industry in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Friday, January 30, 1 p.m.-3pm and 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, January 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center:
Visitors can watch, learn and do at Fred’s Shed, where certified marine technicians provide practical advice for maintaining boats and motors. Free daily demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on clinics make Fred’s Shed a great boating resource, covering topics including installing electronics and boat maintenance.
Miss GEICO Offshore Race Boat:
Visitors can get up close with one of the fastest offshore race boats as it takes a detour on its route to record setting championship race wins. The recently redesigned and much lighter Miss GEICO Race Boat is a 44-foot neon green catamaran made of carbon/kevlar and is powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines equipped for reaching speeds of up to 170 mph.
Women at the Wheel:
Women seeking the skills and confidence to safely and effectively take the helm can participate in this two-hour, women-only workshop by the Annapolis School of Seamanship. Women will learn the fundamentals of docking, close quarters maneuvering, line handling and navigation from professional instructor captains.
Fun for the kids:
Children at the show can build a one-of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of creativity at the Kids’ Create-a-Boat. Also making and appearance is award-winning author of the Blackbear the Pirate adventure series,Steve Buckley, who leads kids in constructing their own pirate hats, coloring pages and reading books.
Crab Pickin’ Contest:
The 5th annual Crab Pickin’ Contest gives contestants seven minutes to pile up as much crab meat as possible, and one lucky show-goer will win a Pro Angler Hobie Kayak, compliments of Backyard Boats.
2015 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Thursday, January 29 through Sunday, February 1, 2015
Thursday, January 29 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday, January 30 11:00am–9:00pm
Saturday, January 31 10:00am–9:00pm
Sunday, February 1 10:00am–5:00pm
$12 for adults; FREE for children 15 and under (when accompanied by an adult). Advance tickets can be purchased at BaltimoreBoatShow.com.
The 60th annual Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry.
source: 2015 Progressive® Insurance Baltimore Boat Show®