Features at a Glance
Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center
Watch, learn and do! If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics.
- Watch certified marine technician and expert wrench slinger “Fred” demo tools and techniques on actual boat and motor cutaways.
- Learn how to maintain, repair or upgrade our boat or motor.
- Take part in discussions, ask questions and participate in hands-on-clinics.
Click HERE for a Fred's Shed schedule and seminar descriptions so you can plan your visit.
Try It Cove – There’s more than one way to catch a wave!
Catch some rays…get some exercise… and have fun on the water. Padddlesports are among the world's fastest growing water sports—and you can find out why for yourself at this year's show.
Head to Try it Cove to sample a variety of activities—from stand-up paddle boarding to kayaking, canoeing and more! Be sure to bring your suit and a towel; we'll provide the equipment and changing room.
The Waterman's Depot will show SUP boards from Boda, Rogue and Pau Hana. Kayaks from Advanced Elements, Eddyline, Feel Free, Riot and Viking will be on display in the water.
Thanks to 'The Waterman's Depot'
Tastes & Sounds of Summer
When you are ready for a break from shopping the boat show or looking for a perfect place to catch the sunset, visit the Fiddler's Green Tiki Bar on the docks.
Grab a bite to eat at the BBQ hosted by the Rotary Club La Mesa, enjoy a glass of craft beer at Anchors & Ales Beer Garden or a snack at one of the gourmet Food Trucks. Relax & listen to live entertainment island/boat music performed by a steel drum band.
Hourly Educational Seminars
All seminars are FREE to attend with your regular boat show admission.
VIVA MEXICO! This year’s seminar program is going South of The Border. It's loaded with educational and enlightening programs, hosted by experts and adventurers who know the waters and will share practical advice, expert opinions and tall tales. CLICK HERE for a list of topics & personalities.
FREE Sailing Lesson—Sailing Simulator
Experience how a boat reacts to wind and waves and learn how to use the tiller with the help of an ASA-certified instructor. Designed and built by a nuclear physicist, the sailing simulator recreates the actual movement of a boat under sail so you can get a feel for the water, without getting wet. It’s a unique training platform for sailors of all abilities—whether you’re just learning how to sail and or an experienced sailor who wants to practice under different sailing conditions.
Sailing Simulator video
The simulator was featured at the America's Cup where more than 1000 people learned how to sail. Don't miss your chance to climb aboard and take a test sail!
Nautical Activities for the Kids
Little skippers will love the Kids’ Zone where they can draw a nautical picture to take home as a souvenir, enjoy activities at Try It Cove and playing bag “bait” toss at the Progressive® Insurance booth for prizes.