Features at a Glance
Take a Step Back in Time —Antique Engines Exhibit
The Shepherd family has been collecting antique engines and machinery for more than 40 years. Gene Shepherd Sr., his son Gene Shepherd Jr., and his son Tyler Shepherd, from Shelter Island, NY will be displaying many outboards from the early 1900s.
The earliest engines on display will be a 1907 and a 1908 Waterman, the first successful production outboards. The outboard was debuted by Cameron Waterman at the New York Boat Show in 1906, to determine if there was a market for outboards. They successfully advertised the motor and sold hundreds of motors over the next few years. Only about a
dozen of these outboards are known to exist. The Waterman Marine Motor Co. dissolved in 1916.
The first castings of the Waterman outboard were produced by the Caille Bros.Co., which manufactured slot machines. The company eventually formed a subsidiary, the Caille Perfection Motor Co.,which produced inboard and outboard motors. Two fine examples of Caille outboards will be on display.
The Waterman outboard drew the attention of the Hoffman Hinge Co. which created a subsidiary company, the Ferro Machine and Foundry Co. This subsidiary produced the Ferro marine engine to compete with Waterman, Caille, Evinrude, and other manufacturers of the era. Two fine examples of Ferro outboards on display.
Also on display will be the only known “Knight” outboard which was built in 1917 and sold in Riverside, Hampton Wick, England, as well as several other outboards by other manufacturers.
DIY seminars and workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.
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, including keeping your boat “shipshape”, choosing and installing marine electronics and maintaining gas engines.
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 your boat or motor.
Do take part in discussions, ask questions and participate in hands-on clinics
Together, “The Boating Guy” and certified marine service technician “Fred, The Outboard Doctor” bring more than 50 years of boating and “wrench-slinging” experience to the Shed.
New! Progressive® Insurance Boat School
An educated boater is a safe boater Boost your boating IQ! Learn the fundamentals of boating safety and have fun. Top-notch mariners from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck to lead an array of interactive “courses” including general boating safety seminars, proper docking procedures, a boating simulator experience, and tips and tricks to help ensure your safety on the water. It’s enjoyable and educational for the whole family!
- Gateway to Boating Get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit the boating lifestyle you choose.
- Watersports Safety Seminar Gain the know-how you need to keep everyone on your boat —and on the water—safe, and ensure every outing is fun and enjoyable.
- iNavigation: Learn how to use the resources available to modern boaters—from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics, to tablets such as the Apple iPad® to stay safe and have fun on the water.
- Boat Systems: Learn how to manage your boats systems from stem to stern.
- Docking & Line Handling: Does docking cause you stress? Let us “show you the ropes” with tricks, and techniques that can make docking easy.
- 10 Steps to Becoming a Good Gilligan: Even on a three-hour tour, a good first mate is key to a great day on the water. This sessions covers the skills you need as a first mate.
Stop by the Progressive® Insurance Welcome Center or Progressive Insurance Boat School for more information.
See the ALL-NEW Miss GEICO Racing Boat
The six-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to introduce the newest and latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat.
The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/kevlar. At approximately 11,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor and is equal in length. She has a 12-ft. beam, which is 6-ft. wider than the former boat; the extra width will allow her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed.
Powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines, she currently has a top speed of 170mph. Off-season plans include replacing these engines with a set of 1500 HP piston racing engines which will enable Miss GEICO to reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!
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Kids' Create a Boat—Toy Boat Building
Let your little ones get creative! Toy Boat Building gives your child a chance to build a nautical masterpiece—a one-of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of imagination.
Get a free caricature of your son or daughter by Leah Morgan of Leah's Caricatures & Face Painting.
U.S. Power Squadron/USCGAUX Day
The Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show® will recognize the United States Power Squadron on Wednesday, January 1 with FREE admission for USPS members—Simply present your USPS or USCGAUX identification card at the Will Call desk for one adult admission.
And, visit the United States Power Squadron booth for FREE information on everything from GPS, rules of the road and navigating through weather.