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Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center

DIY seminars and workshops on boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.


If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, or work on your RV, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with questions and projects to discuss—and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

Best of all, it’s all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow®.

Click here for the complete seminar schedule


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NEW! Test Your Boating Skills—United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

Boating is fun. So is learning to boat on the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT).

Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The BSVT is equipped with a steering wheel and real Mercury throttle to give you hands-on experience as you pilot your virtual boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina

Lessons include departing the dock, fairways, pivot turns, moorings, docking, slalom, crossing/overtaking/meeting and emergency stops. Current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings can be adjusted to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.

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NEW! Flyboard Demos

It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not a boat. It’s a Flyboard! See the revolutionary Flyboard in action. Flyboard combines the thrills of jet skiing, snowboarding and acrobatic diving. It features water jet boots powered by a personal watercraft that lets riders defy gravity as they soar into the air to “surf” the sky or swim like a dolphin. You have to see it to believe it!

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Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources 

Get ready for all your hunting and fishing adventures! See the latest gear, get expert advice, buy your 2016 fishing, hunting and sportsman’s licenses and elk permits and more!

KDFWR staff will also host a variety of boating and fishing seminars, demos and other presentations. CLICK HERE for daily schedule.

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PaddleFest Pool—Hosted by Canoe Kentucky

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Paddle sports are enjoying a surge in popularity—thanks to their affordability, ease of use and fitness benefits. Experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and other paddle sports.

We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a demo ride so you can zero in on the paddle sport that's right for you. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel. 

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NEW! Marine Electronics University

Explore the latest in marine electronics technology from Lowrance, Humminbird, and Raymarine! Sessions will cover all the structure and fish finding basics and more—with instruction on everything from proper installation to advanced product use of all the high definition sonar technologies. CLICK HERE for schedule


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Discover Boating Center

Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. You’ll find:

  • Straightforward answers to all your boating questions
  • Expert, unbiased advice on choosing a boat that suits your lifestyle
  • Local resources to help you get started

Boater's Education Seminars:
Our crew of boating pros share experience and expertise on topics ranging from purchasing a boat, to basic boating skills and safety. Presented by Captain Bob Conrad and Tim McDaniel.

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. Also look for specially marked boats throughout the show!

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

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Kids' Trout Pond—FREE fishing for kids 12 and younger!

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one".

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Kids' Create-A-Crankbait

Young anglers will love the chance to build and decorate their own crankbait, using balsa wood bodies and stick-on lure eyes.


Progressive UBER Discover Boating Fred's Shed NMMA-Certification Shakespeare Fishing