The 2016 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show docks at the Minneapolis Convention Center January 21- January 24, 2016. With a boat for every lifestyle, budget and body of water, there is no better place to shop, compare and save on hundreds of models and brands. In addition to shopping the best deals of the season on boats, visitors to this year’s show can browse a huge selection of gear, engines and electronics, try their hand at a number of interactive activities and improve their boating education at the Progressive® Insurance Boat School.
This year’s show offers fun for the entire family, with exciting features including:
- The Progressive® Insurance Boat School will boost visitors’ boating IQ, with top notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship on hand to lead an array of interactive and educational courses including general boating safety seminars and demos on proper docking procedures, attendees will also be able to try their hand at a fun and interactive boating simulator! This year’s show will also offer complimentary daily DIY maintenance seminars at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center.
- Attendees will enjoy the authentic experience of relaxing in a cozy northwoods setting right on the show floor while enjoying the music of “Jambo” Joe Bones and ordering something to eat from Seven Sushi & Steakhouse at the brand new Up North with Wings feature.
- Sea Doo will feature two life-sized personal water craft (PWC) ice sculptures, carved in an unbelievably lifelike depiction using some of the most advanced technology available. Visitors to the show will be able to take unique “Boaties” next to the Sea-Doo Sparks outside Lobby C.
- Visitors to this year’s show will learn what it feels like to take the helm of a boat, practice basic boating maneuvers and improve their boating skills at the Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT). The BSVT features a real steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle to “drive” a 20-console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.
- Attendees 10 years of age or older can try out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) in a huge pool on the show floor at the Paddlefest feature. Changing rooms and wetsuits are available, and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer instruction and product information.
- The Antique & Classic Boat Display, presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, will allow visitors the opportunity to step back in time and admire the beauty and craftsmanship of a selection of vintage crafts.
Visitors under 15 and active military go to the show for free. For showtimes, tickets and other information visit minneapolisboatshow.com