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Piston Power Auto Rama – March 20-22, 2015 – Cleveland, Ohio

Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto Rama Presented by Rad Air

March 20-22, 2015I-X CenterCleveland, Ohio(Click HERE for PDF)
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blank 12/26/14 09:11AM Boat Show, Fishing Boats, Off-shore Vessels, Personal Watercraft, Pleasure Craft, sailboats, Sport Boats, Wakeboard Boats

2015 Boat Show Lineup

Progressive® Insurance and National Marine Manufacturers Association Announce 2015 Boat Show Lineup, New Progressive Boat School
Boater education takes center stage with new exhibition featuring interactive learning opportunities in a boat-like setting

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio (Dec. 10, 2014) The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies® is continuing its longstanding partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to sponsor 20 of the country’s premier boat shows. Progressive and NMMA are making boater education a top priority and bringing a completely new and interactive experience to the 2015 schedule.

The Progressive Marina experience includes the Progressive Boat School, developed with the Annapolis School of Seamanship to help consumers learn to boat confidently while having fun. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in engaging sessions on watersports safety and proper docking procedures, and have the opportunity to earn discounts on boat insurance as a result.
“We’ve teamed up with NMMA and the Annapolis School of Seamanship to create a new and engaging experience around boating education and safety, to maximize your experience on the water,” said Rick Stern, Progressive Boat Product Manager. “We feel so strongly about safety on the water that we’re offering a policy discount for visitors, new or current Progressive customers, who complete our onsite course and some supplemental online material.”
Progressive Boat School seminars include:
  • Gateway to Boating - get an overview of the styles and types of boats and how they fit various boating lifestyles.
  • Watersports Safety - gain the know-how needed to keep everyone safe on the water while having fun.
  • iNavigation - learn how to use the new innovations available to boaters—from traditional compass and paper charts, to onboard electronics and mobile devices.
  • Boat Systems - learn how to manage boat systems from stem to stern.
  • Docking & Line Handling – learn the ropes with tricks and techniques that can make docking easy.
The Progressive Marina will also include an interactive boat replica with an indoor pool for instructional demos, a boating simulator and a see-through motion sensor digital floor.
In addition to the Progressive Boat School, NMMA shows offer complimentary daily DIY maintenance seminars at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, fishing seminars, the Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training series and more.
“An educated boater is a safe boater, and our goal as a boat show producer is to arm boaters with the knowledge needed to boat confidently and enjoy a lifetime on the water with family and friends,” said Ben Wold, NMMA Vice President. “We’re thrilled to further our partnership with Progressive and provide an educational area that will provide a solid foundation for new boaters and allow seasoned captains to polish their skills in a fun, interactive environment.”
The upcoming NMMA Progressive boat shows include:
Jan 8-11
Nashville, TN
Jan 15-18
Atlanta, GA
Jan 14-18
Chicago, IL
Jan 21-25
New York, NY
Jan 21-25
Louisville, KY
Jan 22-25
Kansas City, MO
Jan 22-25
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 22-25
San Francisco, CA
Jan 29- Feb 1
Baltimore, MD
Feb 4-8
Atlantic City, NJ
Feb 12-15
Miami, FL
Feb 12-15
Miami, FL
Feb 14-22
Boston, MA
Feb 19-22
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 4-8
St. Louis, MO
Mar 25-29
Minneapolis, MN
June 18-21
San Diego, CA
To find out more about Progressive Boat Insurance, talk to your independent agent, visit or call 1-800-PROGRESSIVE.
About Progressive
The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach it whenever, wherever and however it’s most convenient—online at, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, on a mobile device or in-person with a local agent.
Progressive also offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, as well as home insurance through select carriers. It’s the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller ofmotorcycle insurance and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at
Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, Snapshot® and Service Centers.
The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at NYSE:PGR.
About NMMA
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit
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The Benefits Of Going Boating And Yachting


Whether it is about a planned holiday or you are simply looking for an interesting way to get away from the daily grind of life, boating or yachting are water sports options you can consider. Luckily, this is not something that is too hard to arrange since there are plenty of companies providing yacht and boat charters to ensure you have the best holiday experience of your life.

You must be wondering why boating and yachting are so popular. It is because of the benefits they offer.

  • Improves the quality of life:

Recreation boating has a way of improving the quality of your life making it worth living. The action of boating has an impact on the mind. This is a constructive way of reducing stress and enriching opportunities at self-discovery. It is precisely for this reason that people take holidays and yachting will give you the holiday rewards that you truly deserve by adding quality and value to your life.

  • It offers bonding opportunities for families:

This is considering that there are charter boats and yachts which are sizable enough to accommodate families. Apart from ensuring that you have private getaways just reserved for you and your loved ones, these charters offer you the chance to bond with your family. This is a very valuable benefit considering that most families have no time to bond and be together as a result of busy lifestyles we live. When you choose boating and yachting, you can be sure to enjoy the amazing bonding session away from the crowds and in breathtaking surroundings.

  • It is a convenient recreation activity:

This is especially true for people who live in areas that are closer to water bodies. It therefore eliminates the need to travel far and wide just to enjoy the fun that comes with boating and yachting. You will get a chance to enjoy fresh air and water whenever you have the need to do so without stressing too much about traveling to far off destinations.

  • It is engaging:

This is considering that it can help children develop self confidence during activities such as fishing during the boating session. You will also be equally amazed by how rewarding the experience can be for you. It is more rewarding for you to enjoy a fresh fish that you caught yourself during the activity than it is enjoying fish caught by others. The rigorous sailing can also turn this leisure activity into very good exercise. It can actually strengthen your constitution to levels you did not know is possible.

  • It offers motion comfort:

This is especially in the case of yachts that have mass concentration and smooth hull sections that promote comfortable motion out in the sea.

Yachting and boating holidays are some of the most rewarding for you and also for your family. If you are planning a holiday to the British Virgin Isles, you can booksa yacht charter with Barecat charters.

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blank 12/12/14 08:59AM Boat Show, Events, Sport Fishing, Sportsshow

Washington Sportsmen’s Show
& Sport Fishing Boat Show

Washington Sportsmen's Show, Puyallup, WA

January 21 – 25, 2015
Puyallup Fair & Events Center Directions
Puyallup, Washington

Washington Sportsmen’s Show® is Washington's largest Sportsmen's Show.

This year, the show opens
with a packed line-up of family-friendly attractions, new expert speakers and past crowd-pleasers at the Washington State Fair Events Center.

Western Washington’s only sportsmen’s show spotlights the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars, camp cooking demonstrations, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, the “Head & Horns” competition and much more.

It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.


The largest outdoor adventure show in the state offers a one-stop shopping experience, with great values on fishing and hunting gear, clothing, camping equipment, sport fishing boats and RV’s . If you’re planning a special adventure for 2015, it’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with top professional guides and outfitters, and representatives from leading hunting and fishing lodges and resorts.

For anglers, this show boasts new luminaries and returning favorites sharing their tips for producing “tight lines” during your next fishing adventure.

With prizes on the line, the show’s “Head & Horns” competition attracts upwards of 200 heads, horns or horn/antler sheds brought to the show by showgoers. The entries are measured and scored by Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young representatives at no charge. Prizes are awarded for all three methods of harvest: rifle, archery and black powder.

The youngsters aren’t left out of the action: the “Kid’s FREE Trout Pond” provides kids 12 and under with the opportunity to catch-and-keep or release two trout. All the gear is provided at no charge—including fishing poles, bait and take-home bags.

Wilderness survival and outdoor safety expert Peter Kummerfeldt returns to the show for his 19th year with a rucksack full of new and updated presentations.

The “Fred Meyer Camp Cooking Tent” returns as celebrity camp cooks share tasty recipes for easy-to-prepare meals. Stop by and watch Herb Good, Tiffany Haugen and Dutch Oven guru “Cee Dub” Welch prepare tasty, no-fuss recipes in hourly presentations all five days of the show.
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Portland Boat Show, January 7-11, 2015

Portland Boat Show

January 7 – 11, 2015

Show Hours

Wednesday: 11am – 9pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Box office closes 1 hour prior to show closing.

Show hours are subject to any necessary change without notice.


The big annual show will feature hundreds of boats and accessories!

 The 55th Annual Portland Boat Show is gearing up for launch on January 7th.  If you are looking to find an outstanding selection of boats and want to shop and compare dozens of brands, lines and styles then the Portland Boat Show is the place to be this January. This year’s 5 day event has plenty to offer boaters with all kinds of interests and will satisfy your next on-the-water adventure!  Look for fishing boats, ski boats, yachts, sailing vessels, and personal watercraft.  The 5 Days of boating excitement is this January 7 through 11 at the Portland Expo Center!

The Portland Boat Show happens only once a year and is the only boat show for Oregon – so don’t miss it.  Each year, boaters from all over the Northwest want to see what’s new in boat lines, technology and accessories — and the 2015 Portland Boat Show will be ready to go and we’ve made the entry fees and opportunities to attend easy.

Each year hundreds of boats are brought to Expo Center, including sailboats, sport boats, wakeboard boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft, off-shore vessels, and personal watercraft – all inside 250,000 square feet of boat filled exhibit space!  The top local and national manufacturers, associations and dealers will be in attendance – along with local boating retailers, accessory suppliers and experts. Remember: manufacturers and dealers are ready to make great deals and offer financing – right on site!

Portland Boat Show
January 7 – 11, 2015
Portland Expo Center
Portland, Oregon

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Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow®
Advance Tickets on Sale Now

Annual Progressive® Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow® Transforms the Kentucky Exposition Center into Outdoors Paradise January 21-25, 2014

LOUISVILLE, KY (December 4, 2014)— While winter temperatures are keeping the region chilly, the 2015 Progressive Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow is gearing up for outdoor adventures, returning to the Kentucky Exposition Center Jan. 21-25, bringing with it hundreds of new boats, RVs and hunting and fishing accessories for sale, plus a variety of activities for all ages – for those that want to get their feet wet or stay on dry land.
This year’s event also offers a variety of opportunities for family fun, including the chance to try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), canoeing and kayaking at Paddlefest; brush up on nearly any outdoors skill through an extensive seminar series with topics ranging from RV Bootcamp and Boating 101 and hunting for wild game and fishing. Racing enthusiasts can also check out the Oberto/Miss Madison Raceboat, winner of the 2014 Gold Cup, the oldest trophy in motorsports.
The show’s youngest visitors can get up close to creepy crawlers and learn how to identify venomous and non-venomous snakes with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, or try their hand at fishing at the catch-and-release Kid’s Trout Pond, free for children 12 and under.
Boating, fishing, hunting and RV enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to view and compare hundreds of the newest boats and RVs, plus hundreds of booths showcasing the latest outdoor gear, gadgets and destinations. The event features competitive deals from more than 190 regional exhibitors. Sportsmen can also enjoy a one-stop shop for 2015 fishing, hunting and sportsmen’s licenses and elk permits.
Advanced tickets are on sale now and available through  Adult tickets are $12, and senior citizens admission is $10. Children under 15 and active military (with military ID) are free.
Event show hours vary by day:
Wednesday, January 21- 5 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, January 22 – Noon – 9 p.m.
Friday, January 23 – Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 24 – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 25 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kentucky Exposition Center
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
For more information visit, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; #LouBoatRVShow
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Nashville Boat and Sportshow
January 8-11, 2015; Nashville, TN

2015 Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat and Sportshow Anchoring at Music City Center Jan. 8 through 11
Dive into summer early with deals on hundreds of boats and accessories, plus new attractions for all ages including Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

Event Calendar Listing
NASHVILLE  – Tennessee’s premier boat and sportshow is docking at Nashville’s Music City Center for four days of winter relief. Visitors can warm their engines for summer from Jan. 8 to 11 with a chance to shop the best in boating and get a taste of outdoor fun with a variety of new attractions for all ages.
·         Show visitors can view, get on board and buy hundreds of boats from the region’s top dealers, plus take advantage of show specials on the latest marine accessories and electronics.
·         Watch professional wakeboarders demonstrate flips, twists and stunts on the new Wakezone-Trampoline Wall.
·         Sharpen boating and angling skills, and get tips from the pros during an expanded seminar lineup, and enjoy a rare underwater view of fish reacting to different lures and baits at the large demo bass tank.
·         Visitors can put their boating knowledge to the test and new boaters can learn the ropes at the new Progressive Insurance Boat School featuring hands-on instruction, a boating simulator and more.
·         Get on the water indoors! Try paddleboarding, kayaking or SCUBA diving in an indoor pool. Experts will demonstrate the advantages of these healthy outdoor activities, and visitors can try out stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.
·         Watch Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel zig and zag his way behind a Twiggy-sized boat in a kiddie-sized pool.
When:             Jan. 8–11, 2015
Thursday, Jan. 8          2–9 p.m. 
Friday, Jan. 9               12–9 p.m. 
Saturday, Jan. 10         10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 11                       11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where:            Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
Tickets:           Adults (ages 16 and older) – $12
                        Children (15 years and younger) – FREE
                        Purchase tickets here!
Specials:          $2 off with advanced online purchase until midnight, Jan. 7.
Web:     , Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC)
January 28-30, 2015 Tampa, FL

International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC)

IMBC is the leading marina and boatyard conference. It is geared specifically toward marina and boatyard owners, operators, and managers as well as dock masters, harbormasters, boat builders and repairers, and industry consultants. IMBC is where dedicated marine professionals gather to exchange information, talk about the future of the industry, explore new methods and techniques, receive updates on revised standards and established rules, and discover new products. The conference is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI).

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