From February 22-March 2, 2014 the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show returns to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The show has become the largest boat show in New England, filling 300,000 square feet of space and features hundreds of boats and marine accessories offering something for beginning boaters to expert sailors. If you are new to the water and are looking for some good advice on how to get into boating, be sure to check out the Welcome to the Water booth. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to boat on a budget. For those already on the water, the show features a jam-packed seminar schedule for the DIY boater. Seminars cover a range of topics regarding general boat and motor maintenance and include question and answer sessions as well as demonstrations. Sessions run daily in Booth 2048. In addition to the DIY sessions, be sure to check out the Seminar Series presented by Boatwise Marine Training. These seminars take place throughout the hall and cover a wide range of topics. Some of the seminars are what you would expect to find at a boat show (Moving Up to a Larger Sailboat, How to Qualify for Your Coast Guard Captains License, Understanding the Nautical Chart, etc..). But there are also some that may be of interest to the more casual boat fan, or anyone that likes a good story. Author and sailor Judith Silva will be speaking about her sailing adventures in presentations entitled The Voyage of the Yankee Lady, Circumnavigating New England on a Sailboat and Voyage of the Albatross - Journey to the Bahamas. Blogger and cruiser Tig will also be speaking. Not to be left out are those of us that like to keep our feet on dry land but enjoy the drama of a good reality series. Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com which is featured on National Geographic Channels hit show Wicked Tuna will also be making appearances at the show. Be sure to check the show website for seminar and appearance schedules as well as additional information and a list of presenters. The convention runs from February 22-March 2, 2014, and the hours vary by day.
Admission is $15 for adults, children under 15 free, and tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is located at 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210.