Features at Glance
- Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center
- Sailing Simulator
- United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer
- Bass Tub
- Fishing Seminars
- Let’s Go Fishing Center
- Meet the Minions—Kevin and Bob
- Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat
- NEW! Kid Zone
- NEW! The "James Bond" Lotus Esprit Submarine Car
- Sailing Seminars
- USCGA Boating Safety Seminars
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.
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.
United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer
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® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® makes learning fun and easy! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-ft. console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a full 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.
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!
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!
Let’s Go Fishing Center
Reel fun for everyone, from aspiring anglers to full-blown fishing fanatics!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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