Features at a Glance

Thanks for visiting. Mark your calendars for next year, January 22-25, 2015!

NEW! Visit the 'Wings Financial Boardwalk' Experience

Escape the winter doldrums and stroll the Wings Financial Boardwalk at the Show! Browse boats and marine equipment docked seaside, or relax and order something to eat from Seven Sushi & Steakhouse. Entertainment includes rides and carnival games for the kids. Thursday–Saturday evenings you can listen to fantastic boating music from Jambo Joe Bones. Don't miss this delightful oasis!

NEW! Meet Capt. Dave Carraro, First Mate Sandro Maniaci and Capt. Bill Monte from National Geographic Channel's hit TV Show Wicked Tuna                                   

Dave Carraro, Captain

Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com is a northern New Jersey native who grew up fishing in the waters near home, but moved to Gloucester 12 years ago when the bluefin population around New Jersey began to wane. In addition to being a captain and boat owner, he’s a professional airline pilot. But to him, flying is a job — a means of subsidizing his true passion in life. “I would have not become a pilot if I couldn’t fish,” he explains. “Fishing is my priority. If I had to choose between the two, I would quit flying rather than quit fishing.”


Sandro Maniaci, First Mate

Sandro Maniaci, first mate on FV-Tuna.com grew up in Gloucester and has a father and an uncle who both worked in the fishing industry, so it’s no surprise that he started fishing pretty much as soon as he could walk. By grade school, he was catching sunfish in a local pond, and by adolescence, his mother was taking him to the docks and watching dutifully as he cast lines for striped bass. About six years ago, he got an opportunity to fulfill his dream as a crew member on a tuna boat. Maniaci says that those who haven’t fished for bluefin probably don’t appreciate the daunting difficulty of catching them. “These are tough fish,” he says

Bill Monte, Captain

After retiring five years ago, Captain Bill Monte decided to pursue his true passion, and became owner and captain of the Bounty Hunter, a 35-foot craft built in 2003. Together with his wife and deckhand Donna — one of the few women working in the industry — the duo became part-time professional fishermen, spending their “golden years” fishing bluefin tuna and running charters. After a disappointing season last year, times are tough for the Bounty Hunter. As fuel and maintenance costs continue to grow, it’s critical that the captain and crew put meat on the deck this year. With their reputation — and their livelihoods — on the line, the team is more determined than ever to turn their luck around.


Apperance Schedule:

Friday, 1/31, 1-3pm & 5-7pm
Saturday, 2/1, 11am-1pm & 3-5pm
Sunday, 2/2, 12pm-2pm


NEW! Anchors & Ales—A Night of Craft Beer Sampling

Attend the show on Friday, January 31st beginning at 5:00p.m. and purchase your Anchors & Ales ticket for $20 (includes adult show admission) to receive your limited edition tasting glass, tasting tickets and sample eight beers from participating craft breweries.  Participating breweries include Bad Weather, Big Wood, Deschutes, Excelsior Brewing, Fulton, Lift Bridge Brewing, Rush River and Lakemaid Beer. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate.



Welcome to the Water New Boater Education

Visit the Welcome to the Water Center located in Lobby E to learn how to launch your boating life!  Our unbiased boating expert will host daily seminars and answer all of your questions about how to get started in boating, what type of boat is right for you and much more!  Schedule coming soon!


Always wanted to try stand up paddleboarding (SUP) but haven't had the chance?  Interested in kayaking but not sure what type would best suit you?  Try them both at the Boat Show!  Attendees 10 years of age or older will be able to try out kayaks and SUP in a huge pool right on the show floor. Bring your swimsuit to the show or use one of our wetsuits, changing rooms will be available.  Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer instruction and product information.

SailFest Seminar Series

Back by popular demand! Free daily seminars for both beginner and veteran sailors — as well as adventurers of all ages! Click here to view full schedule.

Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.

Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner in search of practical, professional advice, Fred’s Shed is your go-to resource. Free, daily seminars and clinics cover maintaining, repairing and upgrading boats and motors, feature demos on boat and motor cutaways and interactive questions/answer sessions. 


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 and Sunday from 12 PM–4 PM each day!  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.

Antique & Classic Boat Display

Step back in time to admire the beauty and craftsmanship of vintage craft presented by  the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Check them out in Lobby D of the Convention Center.

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