Features at a Glance

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Meet Pro Wakeboarder Chad Sharpe

Space 550

Chad Sharpe will be the special guest of TNT Watersports. Stop by and meet him on Saturday from 12pm to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm. 

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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

Booth 3

Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The America’s Boating Club Boating Skills Virtual Trainer 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.

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Casting Class—Hosted by Joey Monteleone

Space BTO

Learn about fly fishing, bait casting and casting accuracy. Hands-on instruction offers tips and techniques for everyone beginners to advance.

  • Thursday 4pm–5pm
  • Friday & Saturday 2pm–3pm and 6pm–7pm
  • Sunday 1pm–2pm

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FishLipz Party Cove

Space 642

Take a break and meet up with your friends for drinks and tasty treats. 

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Kids’ Trout Pond - FREE fishing for kids 12 and younger

Space 600

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

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Meet Pro Fisherman Gary Klein

Space 150

Gary will be the special guest of Clark Marine. Stop by and meet Gary on Friday from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday from 12pm to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm. 

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New! Create-A-Boat—Kids’ Toy Boat Building!

Hosted by C & O Marine Space 510

Little skippers can create one-of-a kind nautical masterpieces to take home as a show souvenir. (FREE to kids ages 5 to 12, while supplies last)

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New! Kids' Fishing Clinic—FREE for kids 5 to 12

Learn the art of fishing with Kendall Newson, former Miami Dolphin wide receiver, pro fisherman, and founder of Teach a Child to Fish Foundation. Kendall will cover where to fish, how to tie the fisherman’s knot, what tackle to use and how to preserve and protect the great outdoors.

Clinic Schedule:
Friday: 7:30 PM
Saturday: 11 AM & 3 PM

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Sean T Hughes—the TN Balloon Guy

Space 223

Sean T Hughes, the Tennessee balloon guy will twist, bend, and shape balloons into animals, headwear and other fun shapes sure to put a smile on your little one’s face. Sean will be at the Nashville Boat Club booth on Friday from 5pm to 9pm, Saturday from 1pm to 8pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. 

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)

Space 503

You’re one-stop shop for schedules, rules and regulations you’ll need for the 2018 boating, fishing and hunting season.

TWRA Wear It Tennessee
Discover how advances in technology have improved life jackets and see the many different styles now available.
Floating in Fashion: Did you know there are different life jackets (PFDs) for different activities? Do you know how to determine what size life jacket you need? Have you ever tried on an inflatable life jacket? Learn how to choose the correct life jacket for your outdoor activities.
FREE Boating Safety Courses: 
Friday, January 19, 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Saturday, January 20, 8:00 am–11:30 am
Free responsible boating course offered by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) on Friday and Saturday in Show Office Hall C.
·         There is no charge for the class however, you MUST purchase a Type 600 Boat Safety Exam Permit and bring it to class with you. 
·         Permits can be purchased anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold
·         Online registration at https://twra.state.tn.us/BoatingEducationStudentRegistration/
o   January 19, Friday class—enter passcode NBS19
o   January 20, Saturday class—enter passcode NBS20
·         Registration available at the TWRA Booth #503 through Friday, January 19.
·         Upon completion of class and exam, show admission is FREE!


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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

Space 425

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 Boat School Jack Daniel's Geico Infinite Beauty Fred's Shed Discover Boating NMMA-Certification