Features at a Glance


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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.


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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training 
On-the-water workshops

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year, let Discover Boating add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience and take your boating skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone— from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers! Learn from experts; all sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional, certified instructors.


Three-hour sailing workshops—Only at the boat show!
Choose from:

  • Introduction to sailing
  • Advanced sailing skills
  • Introduction to cruising catamarans

Participants who register in advance for the three-hour sessions will receive FREE boat show admission for the day.  All participants must be capable of performing as an active crewmember while underway.

Space in these popular events is very limited and advance registration is highly recommended.
Full schedule will be published in May 2015!


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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.



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.


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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!

Kids' Zone—Fun Nautical Activities  

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.