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2013 Minneapolis Boat Show

Events January 20, 2013

Celebrating 41 years!  Find your dream boat and everything that goes with it at the Minneapolis Convention Center, January 31-February 3, 2013.With the upper Midwest’s best selection of new boats and hundreds of booths showcasing the very latest in engines, electronics, fishing gear and accessories, there’s no better place to get a head start on a summer full of fun! From canoes to cruisers, from pontoons to personal watercraft there are boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget. The 4-day event is also the best time to buy, offering you a once-a-year chance to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing and gear up with the latest accessories all at one time, under one roof!


Minneapolis Boat Show

January 31–February 3, 2013 Minneapolis Convention Center  1301 2nd Avenue South  Minneapolis, MN 55403


Show Hours Thursday, January 31 (Senior Day):  2pm–10pm Friday, February 1:  12pm–10pm Saturday, February 2:  10am–9pm Sunday, February 3:  10am–5pm


Admission Adults (16 and older): $11.00 Children (15 and younger): FREE Senior Day, Thursday, January 31, 62+ $8.00 Active Military:  Just show your active military ID at the Box Office onsite for FREE admission!


Features at a Glance

Visit the Lighthouse & Harbor Experience

See boats and marine equipment as they were meant to be experienced — in a harbor setting! Browse boats and marine equipment docked at the harbor, or relax on the patio and order something to eat from Seven Sushi & Steakhouse. Thursday–Saturday evenings you can listen to fantastic boating music from Jambo Joe Bones. Many of the largest boats in the show will be featured here as well—don’t miss it!


Meet Phil and Bob Soven from MTV's Reality Show WakeBrothers

Meet professional wakeboarders Phil and Bob Soven from the MTV Reality Show, WakeBrothers. Phil, who went pro at the age of eleven, is well known in the wakeboard circuit and is recognized as one of the best wakeboarders in the world. Bob, his younger brother, earned five National wakeboarding titles and six World titles by the age of 15. The brothers will be available for photos and autographs Friday from 1-3pm & 6-8pm and Saturday 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm.


Paddlefest - Always wanted to try stand up paddleboarding (SUP) but haven't had the chance?  Interested in kayaking but not sure what type would best suit you?  Try them both at the Boat Show!  Attendees 10 years of age or older will be able to try out kayaks and SUP in a huge pool right on the show floor. Bring your swimsuit to the show or use one of our wetsuits, changing rooms will be available.  Knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer instruction and product information.


Try scuba in a heated pool! During the past 7 years tens of thousands of people have been introduced to scuba diving at the “Be a Diver Pool”. Now it’s your turn! Anyone age 10 and older can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of a tropically warm pool. Bring your swim suit, or we have a wetsuit for you—we will supply all the scuba gear! It's a great way to try scuba diving and test some of the latest scuba equipment. You can also have a photo of yourself taken underwater as a keepsake of your "diving adventure."


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 GEICOto reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph!


Kids of all ages will be able to check out boats made from LEGO® brand parts at the Show and build some of their own to play with!  Also, don’t miss the chance to purchase a limited edition Minneapolis Boat Show Brickmania Custom Boat LEGO® kit. Located in Lobby E.