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Family Day — Presented by the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta 

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Be the first to see the hottest new boats and marine products of 2017. All Family Day show attendees will receive special discounts from participating restaurants and will have the chance to win a variety of great prizes from 97.1 the River and B 98.5 FM. 

Click here for a free ticket offer from the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta

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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.


NEW! Sailing Simulator—Free Sailing Lessons

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to pilot a sailboat, here’s your chance to find out—without leaving dry land! Climb aboard the Sailing Simulator and discover how fun and easy it is to sail. Designed with beginners in mind, the sailing simulator offers a true-to-life sailing experience. You’ll tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level on the show floor as fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side. 

NEW! LIVE MUSIC—Frankendread


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. (check back 11/1)


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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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Looking for something for the kids to do?!?

Stop by the show Saturday or Sunday to meet one of your favorite characters... Who will it be?  Come back 11/1 and we'll let the cat out of the bag so you can plan your day at the show.
Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm each day!
Bring your camera! Everyone want their picture taken with these guys...

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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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Think owning a boating is out of reach for your budget?

Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by the Discover Boating Affordability Pavilion in space 1040 and check out this special showcase of boats you can own for less than $250 per month. Each boat will be feature details on the cost of ownership. 

When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget.

Compare Costs: Boating vs, Other Leisure Activities

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