Features at a Glance

Special Appearance! Orange County Choppers’ Paul Sr. —Saturday and Sunday

The founder of Orange County Choppers (OCC), Paul Sr. will be at the show from 12:30pm – 3pm on Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15 to meet fans, sign autographs, and pose for pictures at the GEICO booth.

Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

Space 1744 C - Lobby ( Miami Beach Convention Center)

DIY seminars and hands-on workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades./lib/img/gallery/img11112985716.png 

Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or motor, head to Fred’s Shed for free seminars and workshops.  Daily sessions will cover a variety of topics, and include demos and question/answer sessions.  Together, hosts "The Boating Guy" and certified marine service technician "Fred", bring more than 50 years boating and marine service experience to the Shed.

Stop by or professional, practical advice, participate in hands-on clinics, ask questions, and see the cutaway boat and motor.  It's all FREE, compliments of the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Shows.

Check back for a list of Seminars 

New this year—Fred’s Shed DIY Guidebook Seminar attendees will receive the Fred’s Shed DIY Guidebook, featuring export advice and how-to articles from Boating magazine.

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

On-the-water learning events—only at the boat show! (located at Sea Isle Marina)

Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

Only At The Boat Show
Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year let Discover Boating add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience and take your boating skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone - from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers!

Learn from the experts; all sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.
Space is very limited. Advance registration is highly recommended. Participants may also register for Clinics and Workshops at the Discover Boating Registration Center during the boat show on a space available basis. Admission to the show at the Sea island marina is FREE.

One-hour workshops

Airline pilots wouldn’t dream of taking off without performing a thorough pre-flight check of the aircraft.  In this session participants will learn how professional boat captains conduct a pre-departure, voyage-critical systems and a post voyage checkout procedure and more. All participants will receive a reusable, laminated copy of the specially designed pre-departure checklist to take home. For skippers and crew of all experience levels.

FIRST MATE SKILLS – Presented Dockside
Competent crewmembers that know their way around the boat make the skipper look like a pro at the marina and will always get invited back.  This session covers the essential skills required of a top-notch first mate including those that make docking and undocking drama free and uneventful. These sessions are for crewmembers (and skippers) of all skill levels. FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

Participants will learn how to handle the boat in tight spaces and maneuver close to piers, docks and fixed objects with confidence.  For newcomers and those who want to polish their skills under the guidance of a professional captain. FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

The Prospect of anchoring overnight can create anxiety for even the most experienced boaters.  The skills taught in this session will help you get a better night’s sleep at anchor including how to prepare for heavy winds and managing a dragging anchor, rafting up with other vessels and more.  For skippers and crew of all experience levels.  FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

Helmsmanship—the ability to steer and handle a boat well —can’t be learned from a book or in a classroom.  In this session you’ll take the helm to learn skills needed to be a confident boat operator including: how to use trim tabs and the engine tilt/trim feature to balance the boat correctly, handling large waves and wakes safely and more. For skippers and crew of all experience levels.  - FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

3-hour workshops

ADVANCED DOCKING & PRECISION BOAT CONTROL IN TIGHT SPACES - If you’ve ever felt anxious or intimidated in challenging docking situations, this program is just what the doctor ordered. Taught by experts in the art of close quarters maneuvering, this session will show you How to make your boat do EXACTLY what you want it to do.  This 3 hour workshop is designed for experienced boat operators regardless of boat size or propulsion type.... the techniques and principles are universal and can be adapted to any vessel.   We can’t guarantee you’ll never be intimidated again but even the most experienced skippers will learn new skills that will measurably improve both confidence and ability.   - FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE

POWERBOATING MADE EASY - If you are hesitant to take your boat out when the weather looks a little “iffy,” this program was designed for you. This 3-hour workshop is taught entirely onboard while underway by a USCG licensed and certified professional instructor.  Participants will gain practical hands-on experience to increase ability and confidence resulting in greater boating safety and enjoyment.  Powerboating Made Easy is ideal for new boaters as well as experienced boaters who want to improve skills and confidence under the guidance of a professional captain.   - FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE


Big Game Room—The world's largest blue water fishing expo!

/lib/img/gallery/img09123142837.pngThe Big Game Room returns with your favorite events! Enjoy a drink at the Marlin Bar while waiting for the next educational seminar to begin. Stop by the Florida Sportsman's Baits, Rigs & Tackle Room and learn how to improve your rigging techniques. And of course, check out the latest in products for the fishing world and destinations with the best sport fishing in the world. The Big Game Room has it all — don't miss it.

Among the highlights:
  • Guy Harvey Presents - Panama Paradise: A Salute to Tropic Star Lodge
  • Florida Sportsman's Baits, Rigs & Tackle Room—featuring hands-on seminars and activities
  • Titans of Sportfishing round table discussion hosted by Fishtrack.com
  • Chair Fighting Challenge—Exciting competition pits contestants in a fierce two-minute tug-of-war that brings the thrills of off-shore fishing onshore. Presented by Blue Water Chairs.
To learn more about the Big Game Room, CLICK HERE

Meet Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer!

Don't miss the girl that's determined, positive, helpful, caring and ALWAYS ready for adventure, Dora the Explorer!  Dora will appear at the show on Saturday, February 14 from Noon–3pm!  Be sure to bring your camera!

(c) 2011 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  Nickelodeon.  Dora the Explorer and all related titles, logos and characters are trademanrs of Viacom International, Inc.

Guy Harvey Artist Pavilion

South Florida luminary and newest member of the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame, Dr. Guy Harvey, celebrates a storied 25-year career as a world-renowned artist, photographer, diver and scientist whose focus has always been beneath the waves.  

Visit the Guy Harvey Artists pavilion on the 2nd level of the Miami Beach Convention Center and meet Guy Harvey. Say hello and get his autograph.

Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday  - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:-- p.m.

For additional information about Guy Harvey, visit www.GuyHarveyinc.com. For complete information on the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, visit www.GuyHarveyOceanFoundation.org.  

You can also see Guy Harvey's latest move, Panama Paradise:  A Salute to Tropic Star Lodge on Saturday, February 14th in the Big Game Room at 5:30 p.m.Click here to see the trailer.

Discover Boating  - Located in Hall C-Lobby (Miami Beach Convention Center)

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice.

/lib/img/gallery/img086515350.jpgGet started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.

  • Straight forward answers to all our boating questions
  • Expert, unbiased advice on choosing a bot that suits your lifestyle
  • Local resources to help you get started.

When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget.

Compare Costs: Boating vs, Other Leisure Activities

The Roast of Stu Apte
(Miami Beach Convention Center - Hall B - Room # 118-119)
Saturday February 14, 1pm.

Styled like the Friars Club and Dean Martin roasts, well-known personalities will hurl playful zingers at legendary IGFA Hall-of-Famer Stu Apte before Apte gets his turn at the mic. Emceed by veteran journalist Doug Kelly, the roasters include: Blair Wiggins, Addictive Fishing TV host; Susan Cocking, Miami Herald Outdoors Writer; Ray Van Horn, Gypsy Angler TV host; Chris Peterson, President of Hell's Bay Boatworks; Capt. Rick Murphy, Sportsman's Adventures TV host; and Dr. Guy Harvey, renowned marine artist.