The Progressive Baltimore Boat Show comes to the Inner Harbor January 25-28. Among the many things we at PropTalk enjoy about this show is its interactive nature and upbeat attitude in the dead of winter. There’s always a demo going on—from fixing your boat, to boat docking pools, paddle pools, fishing simulators and games, and more. It’s a great way to entertain the entire family on a cold January day, not to mention a great place to shop for a new boat. We will give you a full preview in the February issue of PropTalk (which comes out before the show)—as well as some ideas for enjoying Baltimore outside the Convention Center—but here’s a sneak peek to give you an idea of what’s coming:


When: Thursday, January 25 through Sunday, January 28, 2018 Where: Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets: $14 for adults; FREE for children 12 and under (when accompanied by an adult). You may purchase tickets in advance online at or at the box office during the show. Parking: Shuttles run from Camden Yards/ M&T Bank Stadium Lot C, and parking costs $10-$12 (subject to change and availability). Due to a previously scheduled event, this lot will not be available Saturday. There is plenty of event parking near the Convention Center on those days if you look for parking signs. Grab some friends and head inside on a cold January day for some killer deals and great fun.


Super Thursday: One-day only deals, giveaways, food and drink specials, and admission and parking discounts. Climb Aboard: 300 of the latest boat models under one roof for attendees to browse, board, and buy for every lifestyle and budget ranging from luxury cruisers and watersport boats to pontoons and fishing boats, plus marine accessories and much more. Paddle Pool: Get those feet wet in stand up paddleboarding (SUP) at the Paddlefest Pool. Crab Picking Contest: This is the eighth annual contest, a highlight of Sunday afternoon at the show. Competition is fierce—this is Baltimore, hon. Fun for All Ages: Kids use their imaginations along with wood and glue to create nautical masterpieces. Kids activities make for happy families at the show. Snap a Boatie: You’ve heard of selfies—take a boatie of you being a “Captain for a Day” out of the Inner Harbor to share with friends and family. Enter to Win: Enter to win a Hobie Mirage Eclipse standup paddleboard, courtesy of Backyard Boats, or a $500 shopping spree. Fred’s Shed: Do-it-yourselfers will want to visit the interactive garage with experts who teach the art of boat maintenance and repair. Here’s the Friday through Sunday schedule: 11 a.m. How Your Prop Affects Your Boat’s Performance 12 p.m. Gas Outboard Troubleshooting, Repair and Maintenance 1 p.m. Keep Your Carburetor Clean and Running 2 p.m. Oh No! There’s Ethanol in My Fuel 3 p.m. Lower Unit Repairs and Maintenance 4 p.m. Diagnosing Electrical Problems and Maintaining Marine Batteries 5 p.m. Scratches, Dings and Oxidation 6 p.m. Diesel Engines and Generators 7 p.m. One-on-One Service Tech Consultations Come See Us Visit the PropTalk team at booth 613!