New and experienced boaters and families looking to beat cabin fever are invited out of the cold and into the Atlantic City Convention Center, February 6-10, 2013 to peruse, purchase and play at the Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show. The five-day boating extravaganza features hundreds of new motor and sailboats, gear and accessories, and exclusive boat-bargains. In addition to shopping the best in boating, serious skippers and new boaters can take advantage of interactive instructional seminars, and visitors of all ages can enjoy entertainment including meet-and-greets with boating stars and an expert alligator handler catching a 200 lb. gator.
Highlights of the 2013 Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show include:
Boat-shoppers paradise! Boats and Gear for Every Budget and Lifestyle:
The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show will fill 374,000 square feet of the Atlantic City Convention Center with hundreds of boats from the area’s leading dealers and manufacturers. From luxury motor and sailboats to performance boats, sport fishers, dinghies and personal watercrafts, there are boats on sale for all budgets and lifestyles.
The Marine Marketplace will feature hundreds of exhibitors with the latest boating technology and gear for both motor and sail enthusiasts, including state-of-the-art navigation systems, fishing gear, fish finders and water sports accessories.
Boat Show Family Fun and Entertainment:
The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show offers summer fun for all ages.
The jaw-dropping Swampmaster Gator Show: Visitors with a wild side can watch as the amazing expert alligator handler Jeff Quattrocchi catches an 8 ft., 200 lb. alligator at the thrilling, fun and educational Swampmaster Gator Show. Those brave enough to hold a baby gator can have their photo taken!
Special Appearance by Captain Dave Marciano from National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna: Visitors can meet Captain Dave Marciano from National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna, who is Captain and owner of Hard Merchandise, a fishing boat that is the embodiment of the bluefin fishing industry in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Friday, February 8, 1pm–3pm and 5pm–7pm
Saturday, February 9, 11am–1pm and 3pm–5pm
Sunday, February 10, 12pm-2pm
Kids’ Create-a-Boat and Paddleboat Pool: Kids can take the helm at the show, with opportunities to splash around the Paddleboat Pool; and build a nautical masterpiece— a one- of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of imagination at the Kids’ Create-a- Boat.
Go Fast! Miss GEICO and the P1 28SS Panther Race Boat: Visitors can catch a glimpse of these speedsters while they take a break from setting records and winning championships. The P1 Panther Race Boat is 28 ft. long and reaches speeds of 70 mph while on the water. Miss GEICO is a neon green catamaran missile powered by twin turbine engines that has splashed onto the racing scene and proceeded to demolish record after record and awe those unfortunate enough to race against her.
Enter to Win Big: One lucky show-goer will go home a boat owner by winning a 2013 Sea Hunt 202 Triton Boat powered by Yamaha F115XA outboard engine including a Load Rite Roller Trailer (valued at $41,000!). This prize is compliments of NJ Outboards of Bayville, NJ. Visitors can enter at space C3 or in the Lobby of the show.
Become a better boater. Hands-on Boating Instruction and On-the-Water Experiences:
Those looking to build their skills in the offseason can do so with hundreds of hours of daily, free seminars, on-the-water learning activities, and advanced courses for experienced boaters. Visit the Show website for a complete schedule of educational offerings.
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center: Visitors will watch, learn and do at Fred’s Shed, where certified marine technicians with more than 50 years of experience provide practical advice for maintaining boats and motors. Free daily demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on clinics make Fred’s Shed a great boating resource, covering topics like keeping your boat “ship shape,” installing electronics and maintaining gas engines.
Welcome to the Water Center: Beginner boaters can stop by the Welcome to the Water Center for straightforward answers to their boating questions and advice on finding a boat that best fits their lifestyle and budget. Daily seminars include boat operation, boat financing, flotation devices, boating knots, navigational rules. The Boating on a Budget section will showcase boats available for less than $250 per month.
Improve skills at the helm – Power Boat Docking Challenge: Visitors ages 16 and up can test their navigational skills in this exciting remote-controlled boat docking experience. Novice and experienced boaters alike will use a full size boat helm, racing against the clock while steering their craft down a 20 ft. “lake.”
Discover Saltwater Fishing Series: Visitors can catch the latest fishing tips and techniques from expert anglers at the Discover Saltwater Fishing Series, produced by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).
Premier Boating Workshops: Early risers are rewarded with three-hour interactive workshops offered by the Annapolis School of Seamanship on Friday-Sunday mornings before the show opens. The workshop fee (TBD) includes two tickets to the e show, take-away instructional items, a $25 gift certificate for classes at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, and the three-hour workshop. Topics include diesel fuel systems, docking, electronic navigation and marine corrosion.
Daily Boating Education Sessions, Hands-on Demos: Top local professionals from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will host informative and entertaining daily sessions that provide tips on modern navigation, handling onboard emergencies, getting a captain’s license, sailing and choosing the right boat.
Show Information and Details:
The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show docks at the Atlantic City Convention Center Wednesday, February 6, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.;
Thursday, February 7, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.;
Friday, February 8, 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.;
Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; and
Sunday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Admission to the Atlantic City Boat Show is $15 for adults (16 and older) and FREE for kids 15 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online. Group discount tickets can be purchased by contacting Elba Rosales-Rice at 718-707-0716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For show news, discounts, and giveaways, visit http://www.acboatshow.com. Be a part of the Atlantic City Boat Show conversation on Twitter and Facebook.