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Features at a Glance

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Antique & Classic Boat Display

Presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society
Lobby D

Boating enthusiasts and nautical history buffs alike will enjoy this fascinating look at a bygone era presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

Among the boats on display is Surprise — Surprise is a 30’ 1927 Hutchinson Launch built by the Hutchinson Boat company in New York. The boat was commissioned to be built in 1926 by Mrs. Charles Merrill to be given to her husband Charles for his birthday. Charles Merrill is famously known as the founder of the investment bank Merrill Lynch also in New York. The large gold-leaf lettering on the sides of the bought not only was a symbol of the birthday gift but also their way to identify the boat as it ferried guests and supplies to their island estate in the 1000 Lakes region of upper New York State.

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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

Lobby C

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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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.

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Minnesota Wine Experience—Friday

Booth 803—Lakeshore Lifestyle Feature

Did you know there are over 75 Minnesota wineries? With locations stretching from Worthington to Grand Forks and Lutsen to Winona, there’s a Minnesota winery near you.

On Friday, we’re bringing the winery experience to you with the “Marvelous Marquette” vertical tasting event. The Marquette grape, released in 2009 from the University of Minnesota, has quickly become the most popular Minnesota wine grape.

Enjoy a unique opportunity to sample this grape as a dry wine, an oaked wine, a sweet red, a blush, a sparkling, and even as a port-style wine. Several Minnesota white wines will also be available to sample.

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NEW! Lakeshore Lifestyle Experience

Booth 803

Sit down and relax to escape Winter for a few hours at our Lakeshore Lifestyle Experience. It is a great way to socialize and enjoy time with friends as you think of the 2018 Boating Season! The Lakeshore Lifestyle Experience will host Innovation Awards. Our Innovation Awards honors manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market. Winners will be announced at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2018. On Friday, we’re bringing the winery experience to you with the “Marvelous Marquette” vertical tasting event. Enjoy a unique opportunity to sample this grape as a dry wine, an oaked wine, a sweet red, a blush, a sparkling, and even as a port-style wine. Several Minnesota white wines will also be available to sample. There will be music by Joey Flip Thursday - Sunday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

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NEW! Progressive® Insurance Boat Club

Boost your boating IQ!

In this interactive space, attendees can boost their nautical know-how with top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship teaching hands-on boating courses for all levels of experience. Visitors can also try Progressive’s NEW Oculus Rift virtual reality experience, putting themselves at the helm of a virtual boat race. Plus, attendees can chat with a Progressive expert to ask any questions about boating coverages or get a free quote.

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2018 Minneapolis Innovation Awards

Be among the first to see some of the boating industry’s best new boats and marine products. New for 2018, the Innovation Awards come to Minneapolis to honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products for the boating industry to market.

Be sure to visit the following companies that have entered their products to win a prestigious 2018 Minneapolis Innovation Award.  Winners will be announced at 6:00pm on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in the Lakeshore Lifestyle Experience Booth 803.

Progressive

Progressive Insurance Boat School GMC Minneapolis State Farm St. Boni Motorsports Sea-Doo T-Mobile Mickman Brothers Rockvam Heinen's Motorsports Niccum Docks KeepAmericaFishing Fred's Shed Discover Boating NMMA-Certification