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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

Test Your Boating Skills

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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Catamaran Cruising Seminar

Presented by Two Can Sail—Friday, February 16

Seminar Fee: $325/couple ($190 single), includes a 2 day ticket to the show

Learn how to take the Drama out of your Dream—from choosing the right boat to sailing away together in harmony!

Jeff and Jean of Two Can Sail specialize in working with couples, and during this seminar they will share their expertise in the unique aspects of cruising catamarans. Jeff and Jean have operated nearly 40 different models of cruising catamarans, and together have more than 60 years’ experience cruising and teaching sailing.

This seminar is designed to give you the tools and perspectives you need to turn your dream into reality and safely pursue the cruising lifestyle on a modern catamaran. It’s not just a day of power point presentations—the hard data is balanced with fun—lots of good information mixed with sea stories and fantastic photos.

Sponsored by the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, Massey Yacht Sales, the American Sailing Association (ASA) and Weems & Plath.

Registration and details at: TwoCanSail.com or REGISTER HERE


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Couples Cruising Seminar

Presented by Two Can Sail—Saturday, February 17

Seminar Fee: $325/couple ($190 single), includes a 2-day ticket to the show

Learn how to live your dream and share cruising adventures as a couple.

This full-day seminar will give you and your partner the tools and perspectives you need to safely pursue the cruising lifestyle together. It features an outstanding group of marine professionals—couples who are also captains, ASA Instructors, authors, marine surveyors, and a meteorologist—with varied experiences and backgrounds to present a balanced curriculum.

It’s more than just a day of power point presentations. The hard data is balanced with fun—lots of good information mixed in with sea stories and fantastic photos—as all the presenters share their expertise to help make the dream a reality for you and your partner.

Sponsored by Two Can Sail, Blue Water Sailing Magazine, SeaTech Systems, American Sailing Association (ASA), Massey Yachts and Weems & Plath.

Registration and details at: TwoCanSail.com or REGISTER HERE 

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Demo Docks and Sea Trials

Compare and try before you buy!

Expanded demo docks feature more than 200 boats in the water for demonstrations and sea trials. See and board a wide variety of vessels including powerboats, family cruisers, center consoles, high performance boats and more—make side-by-side comparison and chat with dealers and manufacturers reps to explore your buying options.

Ready to buy? Ask for a sea trial—there’s nothing like testing the waters aboard a boat to know you’re making the right choice.

Outboard, inboard and stern drive engine manufacturers will also have dozens of boats powered by their products in the water for demos and sea trials.

Sponsored by Nautic-On:

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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

On-water instruction—Now featuring Sail and Power

Climb aboard, take the helm and head out for an incredible boating adventure as you gain key skills that will help you become more confident on the water.

You’ll learn by doing, with practical hands-on instruction that makes learning fun—whether you’re new to boating and are curious about what it’s like to pilot a boat or own a boat and want to polish your skills.

All classes taught by licensed captains who are certified instructors. 
Located on the Header Dock between Piers 1 and 2

Powerboating classes—three hours on-water instruction

  • Docking & Close Quarters Boat Handling Skills—Learn how to handle a boat in tight spaces and docking situations
  • Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control—Gain skills in managing challenging wind, current and space conditions  
  • Powerboating Made Easy—Practical instruction in basic boat control skills

Sailing classes—three hours on-water instruction

  • Learn to Sail (monohull)—Gain a working knowledge of essential sailing skills
  • Introduction to Cruising Catamarans—Learn about the unique handling needs of cruising cats 
  • Essential Cruising & Charter Skills: Monohull 
  • Essential Cruising & Charter Skills: Catamaran

Class sizes are limited—Register online today!
All instruction takes place while underway and small class sizes ensure each student gets plenty of time at the wheel. Class fee: $135 person (does not include show admission). Same-day registration will be offered on a space available basis. Click links below for class details and to reserve your space.

Register for Powerboating Classes

Register for Sailing Classes

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

Space G79

Feed your need for speed!  See this amazing Offshore Racing Catamaran powered by 3,300-hp 1650 Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph! Don't miss your chance to see this one of kind racing machine.


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NEW! Solar Electric Power Zone

Presented by PowerDocks and Torqueedo

Don’t miss the new Solar Electric Power Zone – presented by Torqeedo and PowerDocks. Learn about PowerDocks’ new Blue Isles™ floating Solar Micro Grid Dock, which can self-generate 1,248 watts an hour of sustainable solar power. Get a close-up look at the latest electric boats powered by Torqeedo, including a Volt 18, Bruce 22 and Highfield inflatable. The combination of renewable solar power in a floating dock, plus quiet, clean electric propulsion, opens a new world of eco-friendly possibilities for marinas and boaters alike.

Location: Header Pier, Slips 205 and 206


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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair 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.

Sponsored by Nautic-On and Yamalube:


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