February 9 – 12, 2017 | Connecticut Convention Center

Boating Begins Here!

4 Days of Great Special Events

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Boat Show Hours

Thursday, February 9: Closed
Friday, February 10: 12 noon – 8pm
Saturday, February 11: 10am – 8pm
Sunday, February 12: 10am – 5pm

Boating Begins Here with 3 Full Days of Summer!

Thank You
to Our Sponsors

Special Event Schedule

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Opening Day has a full schedule of events!

Throughout the evening, check out the amazing “Sea Breacher” located on the Lower Level’s Center Court.  Enjoy refreshing beverages from our Dock Bar located in the Upper Level Lobby area….and test your fishing and catching expertise at our Virtual Fishing Tournament or with Blackhawk Charter’s Fighting Chair Contest, both located on the Upper Level!

2:30

Ground Level Lobby

Sponsorship & Award Ceremony

Introduction of Scholarship Winners and sponsor recognition, hosted by WFSB’s famed weather forecaster Scot Haney

2:45

Ground Level Lobby

Dignitary Introduction & Industry Recognition

Introductions of dignitaries, special guests, industry leaders and more hosted by WFSB’s famed weather forecaster, Scot Haney

3:00

Ground Level Lobby

Ribbon Cutting & Show Opens

Exhibitors will join with special guests to officially mark the opening of the 2017 Hartford Boat Show

3:00 – 7:00

Center Court, Lower Level

WUCS- FM Sports 97.9 ESPEN Live Remote

4-hour broadcast live from the heart of HBS2017!

4:00 – 5:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

Live Demo Action on the Pool

Enjoy SUP, Kayak and canoe demonstrations on the water

5:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

SUP 101 – How to Choose the Right Paddleboard

Blackhall Outfitters

6:00

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Kayak Fishing”

Three Belles Marina, Learn the finer points of angling from a kayak with fishing experts

6:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

Footies Model Yacht Racing

Housatonic Model Boat Club presents some unique model racing in the pool!

Special Event Schedule

Friday, February 10, 2017

Senior Skip’ers Day, Boat Row Happy Hour & More!

Throughout the evening, check out the amazing “Sea Breacher” located on the Lower Level’s Center Court.  Enjoy refreshing beverages from our Dock Bar located in the Upper Level Lobby area….and test your fishing and catching expertise at our Virtual Fishing Tournament or with Blackhawk Charter’s Fighting Chair Contest, both located on the Upper Level!

12:00 – 5:00

Welcome Senior Skip’ers over the age of 60 Enjoy $8.00 tickets to the Show!

12:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Docking & Line Handling” 

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Learn the ropes, trick and techniques to make docking easy, including situational awareness, forces, line handling and communication

1:45

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

Local Lighthouse Tour

Susan Tamulevich, Executive Director New London Maritime Society. Learn about the exciting schedule of events and activities at the great collection of Long Island Sound lighthouses

2:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper

SUP Technique Demonstrations

Paddleworks at Harborside – share their sheer joy for this great on-water experience.

2:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“iNavigation” 

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Integrated Navigation blends all the resources available to the modern mariner from traditional compass and paper charts to onboard electronics to tablets to maintain “situational awareness”.  Learn how these can help you stay safe and have fun on the water!

3:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper

Footies Model Yacht Racing

Housatonic Model Boat Club presents some unique model racing in the pool!

3:45

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Catch More Winter Cod”

Black Hawk Fishing Charters. Captain Greg  Dubrule in his own funny and lively presentation, shares his unique perspective on how you can catch more fish!

4:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper

SUP 101 – How to Choose the Right Paddleboard

Blackhall Outfitters

4:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“How to get Your Captain’s License”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Learn the ins and outs of becoming a licensed captain including the types of licenses, pre-requisites, application process and how to use your license.

5:00 – 7:00

Center Court, Lower Level

WHCN-FM Rock AC “The River”

Let’s get the night rocking on “The River”. 2-Hour remote with on air personality, activities and giveaways!  Let’s get the night rocking!

5:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper

SUP Technique Demonstrations

Paddleworks at Harborside – share their sheer joy for this great on-water experience.

6:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Night Navigation”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Night navigation, however beautiful can also be challenging.  Learn how to best navigate at night from professional captains who will cover different lighting configurations for recreational and commercial vessels, common lighting discrepancies and the rules of the road.

7:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper

Live Demo Action on the Pool

Three Belles Marina. Enjoy SUP, Kayak and canoe demonstrations on the water

Special Event Schedule

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Boating Begins Here Weekend!

Throughout the day and evening, check out the amazing “Sea Breacher” located on the Lower Level’s Center Court.  Meet the Fastest Woman on the Water, Shelby Ebert, at Booth U135 & Kristin Smoyer, the 2015 National Fly Board Champion at Booth U127 – with special appearances at Center Court throughout the day.   Enjoy refreshing beverages from our Dock Bar located in the Upper Level Lobby area….and test your fishing and catching expertise at our Virtual Fishing Tournament or with Blackhawk Charter’s Fighting Chair Contest, both located on the Upper Level!

10:00 – 12:00

Center Court, Lower Level

WWYZ-FM Country 92.5 Live Remote

Let’s kick off Boating Begins Here Weekend with a 2-hour remote with on-air personality providing activities and give-a-ways!  Get her early!

10:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Outboard Engine Basics”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Gain a basic working knowledge of outboard engines in this one-hour presentation including principles of operation, anatomy, systems and basic trouble shooting for both two and four stroke engines up to 50 HP.

11:00

Center Court, Lower Level

Meet Kristin Smoyer & Shelby Ebert

With Action Video

11:45

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Catch More Winter Cod”

Black Hawk Fishing Charters. Captain Greg  Dubrule in his own funny and lively presentation, shares his unique perspective on how you can catch more fish!

12:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

SUP 101 – How to Choose the Right Paddleboard

Blackhall Outfitters

12:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

 “Docking & Line Handling”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Learn the ropes, trick and techniques to make docking easy, including situational awareness, forces, line handling and communication

1:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

SUP Technique Demonstrations

Paddleworks at Harborside – share their sheer joy for this great on-water experience.

1:45

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

Kayak Fishing

Three Belles Marina. Learn the finer points of angling from a kayak, with fishing experts and then follow them to the Paddler’s Paradise Pool for live demonstrations.

2:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“iNavigation”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Integrated Navigation blends all the resources available to the modern mariner from traditional compass and paper charts to onboard electronics to tablets to maintain “situational awareness”.  Learn how these can help you stay safe and have fun on the water!

4:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

Footies Model Yacht Racing

Housatonic Model Boat Club presents some unique model racing in the pool!

3:45

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

What’s On the Water in New London

Susan Tamulevich – NL Maritime Society. Great destinations begin with a great schedule of events, learn what’s on the water in New London, CT this summer!

4:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“How to get Your Captains License”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Learn the ins and outs of becoming a licensed captain including the types of licenses, pre-requisites, application process and how to use your license.

5:45

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Catch More Seabass, Fluke & Porgies”

Black Hawk Fishing Charters. Captain Greg  Dubrule in his own funny and lively presentation, shares his unique perspective on how you can catch more fish!

6:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

Old Town Fishing Kayak Demo

Blackhall Outfitters

6:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Night Navigation”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Night navigation, however beautiful can also be challenging.  Learn how to best navigate at night from professional captains who will cover different lighting configurations for recreational and commercial vessels, common lighting discrepancies and the rules of the road.

7:00

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

  Live Demo Action on the Pool

Three Belles Marina. Enjoy SUP, Kayak and canoe demonstrations on the water

Special Event Schedule

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Boating Begins Here Weekend!

Throughout the day and evening, check out the amazing “Sea Breacher” located on the Lower Level’s Center Court.  Meet the Fastest Woman on the Water, Shelby Ebert, at Booth U135 & Kristin Smoyer, the 2015 National Fly Board Champion at Booth U127 – with special appearances at Center Court throughout the day.   Enjoy refreshing beverages from our Dock Bar located in the Upper Level Lobby area….and test your fishing and catching expertise at our Virtual Fishing Tournament or with Blackhawk Charter’s Fighting Chair Contest, both located on the Upper Level!

10:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Outboard Engine Basics”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Gain a basic working knowledge of outboard engines in this one-hour presentation including principles of operation, anatomy, systems and basic trouble shooting for both two and four stroke engines up to 50 HP.

11:45

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

 Kayak Fishing

Three Belles Marina. Learn the finer points of angling from a kayak, with fishing experts and then follow them to the Paddler’s Paradise Pool for live demonstrations.

12:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

 “Docking & Line Handling”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Learn the ropes, trick and techniques to make docking easy, including situational awareness, forces, line handling and communication

 1:00 – 3:00

Center Court, Lower Level

WDRC-FM “The Whale”

We’re rocking out the weekend with a 2 hour remote complete with on air personality, activities and giveways!

 1:30

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

SUP Technique Demonstrations

Paddleworks at Harborside – share their sheer joy for this great on-water experience.

 2:00

Center Court, Lower Level

Meet Kristin Smoyer & Shelby Ebert

With Video

 2:30

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

Old Town Fishing Kayak Demo

Blackhall Outfitters

1:45

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“Catch More Winter Cod”

Black Hawk Fishing Charters. Captain Greg  Dubrule in his own funny and lively presentation, shares his unique perspective on how you can catch more fish!

2:30

Boating Begins Here Stage, Upper Level

“iNavigation”

Annapolis School of Seamanship. Integrated Navigation blends all the resources available to the modern mariner from traditional compass and paper charts to onboard electronics to tablets to maintain “situational awareness”.  Learn how these can help you stay safe and have fun on the water!

3:30

Paddler’s Paradise, Upper Level

Footies Model Yacht Racing

Housatonic Model Boat Club presents some unique model racing in the pool!

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