Thank you for attending! See you next year Jan 18-21, 2018

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center - FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair 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 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. 


For the full list of seminars, click here

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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. Climb aboard the Sailing Simulator and discover how fun and easy it is to sail—without leaving dry land. 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.

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Bass Tub

Presented by Berkley

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!

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Fishing Seminars

Don’t let these get away! Local experts and pro anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Hourly sessions for both saltwater and freshwater fishing cover techniques, tackle, hot spots and more.

Check out full schedule here.

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Live Saturday & Sunday

Get into an island 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 Saturday and Sunday at this year’s show!

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Let’s Go Fishing Center

Reel fun for everyone, from aspiring anglers to full-blown fishing fanatics!

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Meet the Minions—Kevin and Bob

The Minions are coming to the boat show! Don’t miss this chance to meet and snap a photo with two of your favorite henchmen, Kevin and Bob. The mischievous, yet loveable, yellow fellas will be at the show to greet fans on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm.

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Feed your need for speed!

The fourth-generation Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion offshore racing boat can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!

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NEW! Kid Zone

The Kid Zone offers boatloads of fun for and entertainment for your little skippers. They’ll have a blast blowing off steam in the bounce houses and ball pit. There’s also face painting, balloon art, and more. Plus every kid will take home a souvenir, compliments of the show.

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NEW! The "James Bond" Lotus Esprit Submarine Car

See a working replica of James Bond’s iconic Lotus Esprit submarine car from the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Designed to look like 007’s car that transformed into a submarine in the movie, it’s complete with submarine fins, a periscope, revolving license tag, and guns in the back. It was built in England from a real Lotus Esprit car, and is the only Lotus Esprit in the world that can actually travel on water. It’s been “road tested” in Lake Lanier several times and successfully stayed above water, right where its current owner "James" wants it to be.

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Sailing Seminars

Presented by Windsong Sailing Academy

When it comes to sailing, there’s always something new to learn. Take advantage of free seminars to improve or enhance your skills for the upcoming sailing season.

Check out the full schedule here

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USCGA Boating Safety Seminars

All About Boating Safety (All Vessels and Personal Watercraft)

This 2-hour beginning boating class covers all the basics, including boating law, safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, trailering, storing and protecting your boat, and more.

Paddle Craft Safety (Canoes, Kayaks, and Stand Up Paddle Boards)

Designed for paddle sport enthusiasts, this one-hour session covers paddling and safety fundamentals. Topics include paddle craft basics including types and paddle selection, pre-departure tips, safe operation, legal requirements, and emergencies.

Vessel Safety Checks (All Vessel Types)

The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters, including personal watercraft and paddle sport enthusiasts, take advantage of its free vessel safety check every year. Learn about this program, its benefits and how to schedule a safety check


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