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Antique & Classic Boat Display

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

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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

DIY seminars for boaters: Tips, tricks and expert advice

If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for professional, practical advice. Daily sessions include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways and end with informative question/answer sessions. It's all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance Tampa Boat Show.

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NEW! Lakeshore Lifestyle Experience

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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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2019 Minneapolis Innovation Awards

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

Be sure to visit the companies that participated in the the 2019 Minneapolis Innovation Award.

Progressive Insurance

Wings Financial Credit Union GMC Minneapolis State Farm St. Boni Motorsports Sea-Doo T-Mobile Mickman Brothers Rockvam Heinen's Motorsports Niccum Docks Fred's Shed Discover Boating NMMA-Certification