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NEW! Test Your Boating Skills—United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

Boating is fun. So is learning to boat on the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT).

Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The BSVT 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

Lessons include departing the dock, fairways, pivot turns, moorings, docking, slalom, crossing/overtaking/meeting and emergency stops. Current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings can be adjusted to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.

www.usps.org/boatingskillsvt
 


NEW! LIVE MUSIC—Frankendread

Thursday—Sunday

Get into a boating state of mind without leaving the Georgia World Congress Center as you enjoy Frankendread's unique mix of calypso, soca, and steel pan music. An accomplished Caribbean performer, Frankendread brings the island vibe to life with his energetic performances. His laid-back, no-worries tunes have put smiles on faces around the world—he's performed in 17 countries and 43 state—and he'll perform live every day at this year's show! 

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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE DIY seminars on boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.

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.

Together, “The Boating Guy,” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor,” bring more than 50 years of boating and “wrench-slinging” experience to the Shed.

Click here for a complete list of Fred's Shed seminars.


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Discover Boating Center

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice.  Get started in boating and learn how to 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 starte

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Reel fun for everyone, from aspiring anglers to full-blown fishing fanatics! Check out what's new, improve your knowledge and hone your skills.

Hourly seminars hosted by area's top captains and guides, with sessions covering both saltwater and freshwater fishing

Click here for a complete list of fishing center seminars.

 


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Feed your need for speed—See theWorld Champion Miss GEICO Racing Boat 

The eight-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to introduce the latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat.
The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. long catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. At approximately 12,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor. She has a wider beam which will allow her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed.
Propelled by piston-powered engines generating 1800 horsepower per side, she currently has a top speed of 180mph. Off season plans include increasing the RPM speed to enable Miss GEICO to reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!

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Bass Tub

Get a whole new perspective on fishing—from the viewpoint of the fish! This 12-foot tall, 40-foot long mobile glass aquarium is stocked with native fish so you can watch fish react to and even strike different lures during professional casting demonstrations held daily throughout the show! Presented by Berkley.


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Kids' Zone

Stop by for face painting, balloon art, and other activities to let the little ones blow off some steam. Some activities have a small fee.

Sea Park—Oceans of inflatable fun for the youngsters! An aquatic wonderland features a bounce area, slide and ball pit where kids can "play in the waves"—without getting wet!

 


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FREE Sailing Seminars

When it comes to sailing, there’s always something new to learn. Windsong Sailing Academy will present a variety of exciting, educational sailing seminars, perfect for new and seasoned sailors…learn how to get started in sailing, or sharpen and expand your skills.Take advantage of these free sessions to get ready for the upcoming sailing season.

 
Click here for a complete list of sailing seminars.

 

 

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