Features at a Glance

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Boats For Every Lifestyle and Budget

There will be boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget at the Progressive® Insurance San Francisco Boat Show—plus everything you need for boating and on-the-water fun.

Motor yachts, sailing yachts, prominent yacht brokers and firms, personal watercraft, family boats, wakesport boats, dinghys/inflatables, fishing boats, fishing gear, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, travel/tourism, electronics dealers, sailmakers, insurances, eyewear, marine hardware and services and much more...

*Brokerage boats will be presented in alliance with the California Yacht Brokers Association.

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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training

On-water Boating and Sailing Workshops

Do you want to have more confidence at the helm? Are you just “getting your feet wet” and are curious about how it feels to pilot a boat? Or do you want to polish your skills so you can enjoy your time on the water even more?
Climb aboard, take the helm and head out for an incredible boating adventure as you learn key skills that will help you become more confident on the water.


New Workshops for the 2016 show will be online in November 2015!


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Try It Cove—FREE Paddle Sport Demo Rides

Presented by West Marine

In search of a new way to enjoy the water, spend time outdoors or energize your exercise routine? Head to the Try It Cove pool inside at Pier 48 to “get out on the water” and experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and other paddle sports. We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a demo ride—no experience needed. Be sure to bring your suit and a towel. 

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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE DIY Seminars on Boat and Motor Maintenance, Upgrades and Repairs                                                 

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


Click HERE for a Fred's Shed schedule and seminar descriptions so you can plan your visit.


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Free Sailing Lesson—Sailing Simulator

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to pilot a sailboat, here’s your chance to find out—without leaving dry land! Climb aboard the Sailing Simulator and discover how fun and easy it is to sail. Designed with beginners in mind, the sailing simulator offers a true-to-life sailing experience. You’ll tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level on the show floor as fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.

The simulator was featured at the America's Cup where more than 1000 people took a sailing lesson. Don't miss your chance to climb aboard for a test sail.

CLICK HERE to see the Sailing Simulator in action. You can find the Sailing Simulator at Pier 48.

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