Features at a Glance
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center
FREE DIY 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.
Progressive® Insurance Flo-Motion
If you’ve dreamed of sharing your love of the water with Progressive’s always happy-to-help sales clerk, Flo, you can do just that at this year’s show. Stop by to climb aboard a boat set—complete with plenty of fun props— and snap a photo with a virtual Flo to share with your friends and family.
You can also:
- Kick back, relax and give your feet a rest in the Progressive Lounge
- Play games and win fun prizes
- Reel in a “big one” on the fishing simulator
- Get answers to your insurance questions and chat with Progressive Insurance experts
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.