Features at a Glance
- Nature Nick's Animal Adventure
- Try It Cove
- See the Miss GEICO racing boat
- Oil Drum Art Humanitarian Mission Catamaran
- Eric Stone—Live
- The Water Club Lounge
- USPS Boating Simulator
- Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center
- Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training
- Discover Boating Center
- Kids' Create-A-Boat
- Balloon Art & Caricatures
- Kids' Boating
Meet and learn about a variety of exotic rescue animals, including owl monkeys, wallabies, Amazon parrots and more in a show the whole family will love.
TV personality/professional trainer Nature Nick and his animal friends put on a show like no other—it’s comical, entertaining and educational.
Saturday 11am; 1pm; 3pm; 5pm
Sunday 11am; 1pm; 3pm
lessons are available by appointment for $50— just ask the crew.
Try Power Boating
Located Docks CW20-23
The six-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud of the latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat. The fourth-generation Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar.
Powered by 1650 RACE Mercury racing engines that generate 3,300 horsepower, she can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph! See her in Space E89
Oil Drum Art has built a seaworthy 18-foot catamaran with recycled 55-gallon oil drums for pontoons. Pre-fabricated boat kits will be manufactured and sent to the Aquin Fishing Village in Haiti where they will be assembled using local oil drums. The humanitarian objective is to provide Third World fishermen pre-fab catamarans to fish in deeper waters and provide more food for their families. If this effort is successful, it will be implemented worldwide to help alleviate hunger in poor fishing villages.
Visit the Cat-Fish II site at catfishboat.org.
Enjoy the island-inspired music of Eric Stone. Eric will perform from 11am–6pm daily, playing his unique blend of rock, pop and country music inspired by the tropics and his love of the water. Water Club Lounge
Relax with a cool beverage and enjoy the beautiful waterfront scenery of Norwalk Harbor.
Whether you want to ponder your options after shopping for the boat of your dreams, meet up with friends or just kick back seaside, the Water Club Lounge offers a tented oasis of refreshment. Located at the T head of Dock B.
Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons® new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® (BSVT) makes learning fun! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.
Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level. It's a fun, easy way to boost your boating skills. Located in Booth 338
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, and include demonstrations, and question/answer sessions.
Be sure to come with projects and questions to discuss—and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.
Together, hosts “The Boating Guy,” and certified marine service technician Fred, bring more than 50 years of boating experience to the Shed and are happy to share their expertise.
Click here for Show Schedule!
On-the-water boating & sailing workshops—only at the boat show!
Boats provided by Marine Max
Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to improving your boating skills and learning new ones. This year add more fun and excitement to your boat show experience while taking your boating skills up a notch. There’s something for everyone - from absolute beginners to seasoned skippers - you’ll learn skills that will last a lifetime. The workshop lineup includes women only events and special classes for junior skippers. All sessions are taught by USCG licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Registration fees apply.
- Close Quarters Boat Control
- Open Water Boat Handling
- First Mate Skills
- Anchoring and Rafting up With Other Boats
Registration fee $25 Register online and save $10 plus get free show admission
- Advanced Docking & Precision Boat Control
- Essential Powerboat Skills
Registration fee $75 Register online and save $25 plus get free show admission
- Introduction to Sailing
- Performance Sailing and Sail Trim
Registration fee $25 Register online and save $10 plus get free show admission
- Selecting a towline and the right way to secure it to your boat.
- Entering the water and retrieving riders safely
- Coordinating hand signals between riders and boat drivers
- Boat operation/rules of the road, safe speed, and lookout and spotter requirements
- How to comply with Connecticut’s new boat towing law
Registration fee $10 Register online and save $5
Topics covered include:
- What Boat is Right For You?
- 10 Steps to Becoming a Good Gilligan
- Getting Your Captain’s License
- iNav & RADAR
- Docking De-Stressed
- Troubleshooting Your Diesel
- Weather To Go
Put Your Skills on the Line (Contest)
Test your boating skills and knowledge in this two-part competition. First, flex your marlinspike muscles in a knot tying and line throwing competition, then let your brain take home the win in boating trivia. Daily prizes include binoculars, life jackets, and more, with a grand prize of an iPad mini loaded with navigation and weather apps.
Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
- Straightforward answers to all your boating questions
- Expert, unbiased advice on finding a boat that best suits your lifestyle
- Local resources to help you get started
Discover Boating for less than $250/month!
Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by and check out this special showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250 per month.
When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget: Compare costs of Boating vs. other Leisure Activities
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. Space A2
Fun on the water—just for kids! Kids can splash
Meet Bikini Bottoms' favorite resident! Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants is making a special appearance at the show. He'll be on hand to greet his fans and pose for pictures Saturday & Sunday from 12–4pm. Don't forget your camera!
Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest
Think your wing eating skills are the best? Prove it at the show's 95.9 WFOX Wing-A-Thon for a chance to win a Yeti Boating Cooler, courtesy of Keoughs Paint & Hardware, with locations in Stamford and Ridgefield…Keoughs means, everything for your home! Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings for providing the wings.
Contest starts at 2PM Saturday, September 26
Located near A1
$500 Shopping Spree
US Power Squadron/USCGAUX Day: Thursday
The Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show® will recognize the United States Power Squadron and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary members on Thursday, September 24 with FREE admission for USPS/USCGA members—Simply present your USPS or USCGAUX identification card at the Will Tent desk for one adult admission.
Why visit a Boat Show?
Hear what the Boating Guy has to say about why you should visit a boat show. Click here.