Features at a Glance
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center
FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair 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.
United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer
Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® makes learning fun and easy! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-ft. console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a full marina.
Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.
Antique & Classic Boat Display
Presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society
Take a step back in time to admire the craftsmanship of vintage boats and chat with other enthusiasts as you “ooh and aah” over expertly restored craft. 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 Miss Janet— winner of the “Best Preserved Most Original Boat” award in the 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance 2016 show.
Miss Janet is a one-of-a-kind 1930 Hackercraft town-car limousine. Built for John T. Fitzgerald (as in John Fitzgerald Kennedy) as all-weather transportation for his wife Janet, the 30' boat was originally used as an island commuter on Rainy Lake, MN. With her original 678 cubic inch 225 HP Kermath Seawolf engine, instruments, steering and accessories all functional, and her original leather interior, mohair lining in the passenger cabinet, and Honduras mahogany lumber all intact, Miss Janet is a truly authentic piece of nautical history.
NEW! Cruisin’ Cuisine
Join Stephanie March and Stephanie Hansen from Steph & Steph Weekly Dish on myTalk radio as they host Cruisin’ Cuisine seminars on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21. Minneapolis Metro area’s top chefs— Erick Harcey, Brendan McDonald and Marc Paavola will serve up tips for cooking onboard and ideas for tasty gourmet fare you can enjoy on your boat—and serve sample at the show!
NEW! Cruising the Water With Wings Financial Credit Union
Step away from Winter and take in the relaxing views of a vineyard right on the show floor. Browse outdoor gear or relax, socialize and enjoy a unique food and drink experiences. Nothing beats spending time with your family and friends—especially when it’s “Cruising the Waters” on your boat with them! Elgin Foster will provide musical entertainment Thursday–Saturday evenings.
NEW! Minnesota Wine Experience
A number of “wine trails” now wind through Minnesota’s scenic wine country with stops at tasting rooms along the route. On Friday, January 20, and Saturday, January 21, you can sample a variety of wines from three of Minnesota’s most celebrated wineries— Cannon River Winery, Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery and Two Rivers Vineyard & Winery. Select red, white and “wineries choice” flights will be served from 4 PM–8PM each evening.