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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE DIY seminars cover 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.


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Progressive® Insurance Boat School

An educated boater is a safe boater Boost your boating IQ! Learn the fundamentals of boating safety and have fun. Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to lead an array of interactive “courses” including general boating safety seminars, proper docking procedures, a boating simulator experience, and tips and tricks to help ensure your safety on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!

  • Gateway to Boating Get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit the boating lifestyle you choose.
  • Watersports Safety Seminar Gain the know-how you need to keep everyone on your boat —and on the water—safe, and ensure every outing is fun and enjoyable.
  • iNavigation: Learn how to use the resources available to modern boaters—from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics, to tablets such as the Apple iPad® to stay safe and have fun on the water.
  • Boat Systems: Learn how to manage your boats systems from stem to stern.
  • Docking & Line Handling: Does docking cause you stress? Let us “show you the ropes” with tricks, and techniques that can make docking easy.
  • 10 Steps to Becoming a Good Gilligan: Even on a three-hour tour, a good first mate is key to a great day on the water. This sessions covers the skills you need as a first mate.

Stop by the Progressive® Insurance Welcome Center or Progressive Insurance Boat School for more information.


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NEW! Queen of the Show

A 2016 Regal 42 Sport Coupe has been crowned Queen of the Progressive® Insurance Nashville Boat & Sportshow®. You can see her “holding court” at the Drakes Creek Marina exhibit (Space 140).
As befits royalty, the all-new 42 Sport Coupe is in a class by herself. As the only yacht in her class that offers a full beam retractable hardtop with windshield walk-thru, opening side windows and sliding glass doors, she embraces outdoor living and entertaining. With two private staterooms, and two bathrooms the 42 Sport Coupe also graciously accommodates four to six passengers.

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NEW! Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Booth

Get set for all your outdoor adventures!

You’re one-stop shop for schedules, rules and regulations you’ll need for the 2016 boating, fishing and hunting season.

TWRA 65th Anniversary Display Trailer

Don’t miss this fascinating multi-media display celebrating TWRA’s 65 years of wildlife management in Tennessee. Step inside this time capsule filled with artifacts and memorabilia and learn how the TWRA has worked to preserve, conserve and enhance Tennessee’s fish and wildlife since its founding in 1949. Replicas of the r state record largemouth bass recently caught at Chickamauga Reservoir and the world record smallmouth caught in 1955 at Dale Hollow are also on display.

TWRA Archery Range

Would you like to try archery? Here’s your chance! With a few simple instructions you’ll be ready to step up to the line, draw back a bow and try this popular sport. Featuring soft-tipped arrows and universal draw bows, the range is open to would-be archers of all ages.
Learn more about the National Archery in The Schools Program and how quickly it’s catching on in schools across Tennessee.


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Fishermen & Boater's Education

FREE daily seminars offer instruction, inspiration and entertainment!

Fishing Seminars (Space 513): Don’t let these get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve you catch. Speakers include:

  • TWRA Officer Allen Herald—Boating Skills, Rules & Regulations and Safety On-The-Water
  • TWRA Fisheries Division Chief Frank Fiss—Florida Strain Bass
  • Joey Monteleone—Big Bass, Kayak Fishing, and Tackle
  • Susan Thrasher—Fly Fishing and Trout Fishing
  • Bill Medley—Catfishing
  • Lady Bass Angler Association—Tournament Fishing

Casting Class (Space 513): Learn about for fly fishing, bait casting and casting accuracy. Hands-on instruction offers tips and techniques for everyone beginners to advanced.
Friday: 4:30 pm Saturday: 3:00 pm

Fly Tying (Booth 602): Learn to tie your own flies with hands-on instruction from Susan Thrasher, owner/operator of Southern Brookies Fly Fishing.
Thursday at 5:00 pm Friday at 4:00 pm Saturday at 3:30 pm


Meet Randy Howell—2014 Bassmaster Classic Winner

Randy will be the special guest of Clark Marine on Friday and Saturday at this year’s show. You can meet Randy at the Clark Marine exhibit (Space 150) Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 11am and 2pm. The first 20 fans at each meet and greet session will receive a Randy Howell autographed Triton cap!


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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.

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Flyboard Demos

It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not a boat. It’s a Flyboard! See the revolutionary Flyboard in action. Flyboard combines the thrills of jet skiing, snowboarding and acrobatic diving. It features water jet boots powered by a personal watercraft that lets riders defy gravity as they soar into the air to “surf” the sky or swim like a dolphin. You have to see it to believe it!

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/lib/img/gallery/img11112214123.jpgPaddleFest—FREE Paddle Sport Demo Rides

Hosted by Canoe Kentucky

In search of a new way to enjoy the water, spend time outdoors or energize your exercise routine? Experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, yoga and other paddle sports. We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a demo ride—no experience needed. PaddleFest Pool Schedule
Check out the latest in paddle sports gear and watercraft, too. 


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Wake Zone—Wakeboard Trampoline Wall

Come watch pro riders defy gravity as the demonstrate tricks—grabs, spins, flips—and other tweaked out stunts. Between demos, get pointers on technique from the riders and jump up on the trampoline to work on your skills.

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Kids Trout Pond—FREE fishing for kids 12 and younger

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one". 



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Create-A-Crankbait—Kids' Crafting

Young anglers will love the chance to build and decorate their own crankbait, using balsa wood bodies and stick-on lure eyes.


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Friday, January 8—Pates Ford Marina Day

Adults will receive a free canvas tote bag filled with “lake friendly” items courtesy of Pates Ford Marina (one per family, while supplies last)!



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