Features at a Glance

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There will be something for everyone at the San Francisco Boat Show: 
Power, Sail, Marine Gear & Services. 

Motoryachts, Sailingyachts, Prominent yacht brokers and firms, Personal Watercraft, Family Boats, Wakesport Boats, Dighys/inflatables, Fishing Boats, Fishing Equipment, Stand-Up Paddleboards, Kayak, Canoes, Travel/Tourism, Electronics Dealers, Sailmakers, Insurances, Boating-related soft goods, Eyewear, Marine Hardware and Services and much more...

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

Please see the Exhibitor List 2015 here and plan your visit!

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Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
Powerboat, Sailing and Catamaran 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.

Space is very limited. Advance registration is highly recommended. Advance registration include FREE boat show admission ($15 value) for the day. You may also register workshops at the Discover Boating Resource Center during the boat show on a space available basis.


New Workshops for the 2016 show will be online in November 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. Paddlesports 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.

Try it Cove will be presented in partnership with Clavey Paddlesports.

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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.


New this year—Fred’s Shed DIY Guidebook Seminar attendees will receive the Fred’s Shed DIY Guidebook, featuring export advice and how-to articles from Boating magazine.

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Free Hourly Boating Seminars

This year’s seminar program is 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. Even seasoned boaters will find something new to learn! Topics include sail and power, anchoring, green boating, insurance and finance,
sportfishing in the Bay Area and more.

Click here for a complete schedule of seminars. 

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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. 

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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Kids' Zone: Nautical Fun For Your Little Mariners!

Let's get creative! Kids will be able to "build" and decorate their own wooden boat to take home as a souvenir. These boats will be a great memory of your family time together at the San Francisco Boat Show for years to come.

Want the kids to try a water activity? Visit Try It Cove 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 instruction.

Sailing Simulator gives young skippers a chance to try sailing and experience how a boat reacts to wind and waves—without getting wet!
Remember— admission is free for kids 15 and younger. You can find the Kids' Zone at Pier 48.