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Starting on New Year's Day, the New York Boat Show, the world’s first and longest running boat show will welcome thousands of visitors to theJacob Javits Center in New York City for five days of summer dreaming and fun for the whole family.

Lifelong boating enthusiasts and novices alike can shop, compare and find competitive deals on everything from luxury motor yachts and sport fishers to performance boats, sailboats, and thousands of marine accessories


Features at a Glance

Meet Captain Dave Carraro from National Geographic Channel's Wicked Tuna

Dave Carraro is the fiercely competitive captain of the on National Geographic Channel’s smash hit show Wicked Tuna. Dave holds a U.S.C.G 100-ton Master License and has an invaluable 32 years experience with Gloucester Fishing Charters. A native of northern New Jersey, he began fishing with his dad as a kid and has done so almost every day for the past 33 years!

Appearance Times:
Friday: 1pm-3pm & 5pm-7pm
Saturday: 11am-1pm & 3pm-5pm
Sunday: noon-2pm


Swampmaster Gator Show

Thrills, laughter, and action-packed educational fun for all ages! Watch a skilled demonstration of alligator handling as the Swampmaster—expert alligator handler Jeff Quattrocchi—catches a wild alligator with his bare hands!  It's a unique opportunity to see the natural behavior of a true wild gator in person! After the show you can hold a baby gator and have your picture taken with the Swampmaster.
All alligators used in the show are wild gators that were considered nuisances and were trapped and sentenced to death by the state of Florida. They perform for five days in the show and are then retired to a no-kill pond to live out their life.  
Scheduled Times:
Wednesday–Saturday  1:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm 
Sunday 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
For more information on the Swampmaster CLICK HERE.



Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

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.

Perfect Catch—Opening Day, January 1

Award-winning talents Michael Karas and Jen Slaw from the hit juggling show Perfect Catch will perform at the show.


Boater's Education & Hands-On Demos

Presented by Annapolis School of Seamanship 

Don't miss this opportunity to improve and enhance your boating skills!

Details can be found on the seminar page.


Premier Workshops

Get a little learning at the show! The Annapolis School of Seamanship is offering 3-hour interactive workshops;

  • Friday, 3:30pm—Marine Diesel Workshop
  • Saturday, 10am—Docking Workshop
  • Sunday, 10am—iNavigation Workshop

These Workshops cover different topics and are more in-depth than the free seminars and demos offered during the show. The $85 workshop fee includes: Two tickets to the show, an intensive 3-hour workshop, instructional materials, a $25 gift certificate for classes at Annapolis School of Seamanship and more. (More than a $150 value!) 

Click Here to view the seminar schedule!

Click Here to Register!

ASOS Nautis Boating Simulator—Test your boating skills

Head to SPACE J38 to take the helm of a virtual boat and get a feel for the water without leaving dry land. The Nautis boating simulator makes learning fun, with hands-on training for boaters of all skill levels—new boaters can practice basic boat handling, while experienced mariners can attempt more complicated maneuvers as well as navigation, collision avoidance and more! This awesome training tool is brought to you by the great people at the Annapolis School of Seamanship.


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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Enter to Win a 2014 Yamaha Personal Watercraft VX Deluxe and Trailer—
a $10,249 value!

Don't miss your chance to win! The Yamaha Personal Watercraft VX Deluxe is the lightest 3-person ride in the industry, offering great acceleration, an agile ride and great range with fewer fill-ups.


Enter to win in the Show Lobby

Click here for more information

Fishing University—Produced by the Recreational Fishing Alliance

Learn how to catch more fish! Get tips and advice from top pros at daily seminars.

Click here to view the schedule! 


Enter To Win A Boater’s Dream Vacation valued at $9,000!

Don't miss your chance to win an 8 day/7 night British Virgin Islands vacation for two persons at Virgin Gorda’s Bitter End Yacht Club, in either a Beachfront Villa or North Sound Suite. Prize package includes three meals daily, use of Bitter End’s vast club fleet (over 100 boats), snorkel excursions, Sailing School 101, weekly regattas, etc., plus standard air for 2 from the Northeast. 
Bitter End Yacht Club is the Caribbean's premiere luxury water sports resort, hosting family fun vacations, romantic getaways, and idyllic escapes for all.

Enter in the Show Lobby for your chance to win!


Click Here for contest details and rules

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 check out this 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:

Meet Spongebob Squarepants

Straight from Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob SquarePants will visit the Show on Saturday and Sunday! Don't miss your chance to meet Spongebob—be sure to bring your camera to take a photo with him!

Saturday and Sunday 12PM - 4PM


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.

Wednesday, January 1
:  Noon-8pm
Thursday, January 2:     Noon-8pm
Friday, January 3:          Noon–8pm
Saturday, January 4:     10am–8pm
Sunday, January 5:       10am–5pm


Face Painting

Kids enjoy free face painting by Leah Morgan of Leah's Caricatures & Face Painting. With many designs to choose from, there is something for kids of all ages!


Wednesday, January 1:  Noon-8pm
Thursday, January 2:     Noon-8pm
Friday, January 3:          Noon–8pm
Saturday, January 4:     10am–8pm
Sunday, January 5:       10am–5pm

Kids' Boating

Fun on the water—just for kids! Kids can splash around and navigate a mini lake in their own paddleboat.

Wednesday, January 1:  Noon-8pm
Thursday, January 2:     Noon-8pm
Friday, January 3:          Noon–8pm
Saturday, January 4:     10am–8pm
Sunday, January 5:       10am–5pm


Blackbear the Pirate

Meet Steve Buckley, the author of the award-winning adventure series, Blackbear the Pirate. Steve will read and sign copies of his books. Kids can also enjoy pirate-inspired activities, including:
  •   Coloring Pages
  •   Making a Pirate Hat
  •   A treasure hunt
  •   Free Pirate booty
  •   Book Reading

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.  

Planning A Trip to the Boat Show?
We'll Get You There!

"Your Key to the City" offers 20% - 50% on attractions, fun for kids, tours, museums, and MORE!  Every package includes a deep discount on ferry transportation and parking at our Port Imperial Terminal.

Customer Relations Hours:

Mon-Fri     7:00am to 7:00pm

Sat/Sun     8:00am to 4:00pm