Tens of thousands of boating and fishing enthusiasts start their season at the Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show, which is set for January 6-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Organizers say with its 110-year history the show is recognized as THE place to see the latest and greatest in boating! It will include everything from yachts and cruisers to bass and pontoon boats, from canoes and kayaks to fishing boats and personal watercraft, from marine electronics and engines to fishing gear, and more! Resorts and travel information will be available, too!
Other highlights include:
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center—FREE DIY 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 each ends with question/answer sessions. Be sure to come with questions and projects to discuss—and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself!
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!
NEW! Boating Simulator—Test Your Boating Skills
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® new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT) makes learning fun! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-foot console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids, and a 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.
See the ALL-NEW Miss GEICO Racing Boat
The eight-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to present the latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat. The fourth-generation Miss GEICO is a 50-foot Victory catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar that weighs 12,000 pounds. Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE sterndrive Mercury racing piston engines, she can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!
Electronics University & Discover Fishing Seminars
Electronics University: Explore the latest in marine electronics technology—fishfinders, chartplotters, GPS, and more. Sessions will offer instruction on everything from routine setup and product use to news about leading technologies
Discover Fishing Seminars—Presented by The Recreational Fishing Alliance & The Fisherman magazine
Don’t let these get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Sessions cover a variety of fishing topics—from proper rigging for big game fishing to offshore angling to how to land a trophy striper.
Kids’ Create-A-Boat—Toy Boat Building/Balloon Art
“Let your little ones get creative! Toy Boat Building gives your child a chance to build a nautical masterpiece—a one-of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue and a lot of imagination. Balloon artists will twist, bend, and shape balloons into animals, headwear and other fun shapes sure to put a smile on your little one’s face.
Boat Building /Balloon Art Schedule:
Friday, 4 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Visitor Show Information
January 6–10, 2016
Wednesday, January 6 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 7 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, January 8 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 9 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 10 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults (16 and older): $16
15 and younger: FREE when accompanied by an adult.