The Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat Show, Tennessee’s premier boating event, is bringing a taste of summer to Nashville’s Music City Center with four days of nautical fun, January 9–12. Now in its 34th year, the show is an annual destination for boating enthusiasts of all ages, budgets and experience levels.
Spectators will be able to view and board hundreds of boats from the region’s top dealers, plus take advantage of show specials on the latest marine accessories and electronics.
Nearly 100 exhibitors from 17 states will be on hand with boats from 45 different manufacturers on display.
The show is also packed with featured attractions including interactive exhibits.
New this year is the Hawg Trough, a 5,000-gallon, fully stocked fish tank. At 40-feet long, the Hawg Trough is the best way to see firsthand how fish react to different techniques, bait and lures. Top anglers will teach fishing and casting skills in the tank during free daily seminars.
Also new this year is Kids’ Fishing 101, where children ages 5-12 can learn fishing tips and basics that will have them catching “the big one” in no time. Young skippers are also invited to complete a Discover-A-Boat Scavenger Hunt, get crafty at the Create-a-Crankbait station and participate in a variety of boating and fishing education activities. Costumed characters and balloon artists will also be on hand.
The America’s Boating Club will present a boating skills virtual trainer where guests take the helm and set out on a simulated “boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more.
The Miss Geico Offshore Racing Boat will be on display throughout the show. This one-of-a-kind 50-ft. Victory catamaran is made of carbon/Kevlar and powered by 1650 RACE Mercury racing engines that generate 3,300 horsepower and can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph.
Opening day is designated as Super Thursday with $5 admission after 5 p.m. when you purchase tickets online at NashvilleBoatShow.com. Festivities include one-day-only special offers on food and beverages and meet-and-greets with superheroes. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters and those in costume will receive a special prize (while supplies last).
On Saturday at noon, Angie Scott and Barb Carey will host their popular national podcast, The Woman Angler & Adventurer, live from the Hawg Trough. The podcast was created to inspire women of all ages to be active outdoors.
The show will also feature its usual lineup of daily complimentary fishing and boating seminars. These presentations are open to all but will be of particular interest to experienced anglers and boaters. Featured speakers include Joey Monteleone and Billy Hurt. Monteleone is a writer, radio and TV personality and seminar speaker dedicated to sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with fellow Tennesseans. Hurt is a former FLW Tennessee State Champion and Southern Division Champion angler. He’s been fishing professionally for over 25 years and currently serves as a member of the Ranger Boats Pro Staff.
The Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat and sport shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the United States and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit NMMA.org.
Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat Show
January 9-12, 2020
Music City Center
201 Fifth Avenue South
Thursday 9 | 2-9 p.m.
Friday 10 | Noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday 11 | 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 12 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults – $12
Children (12 and under with paid adult) – Free
Active military – Free with military ID
Tickets may be purchased online at NashvilleBoatShow.com.
Super Thursday – $5 after 5 p.m. (online purchases only)
Tickets and additional information are available online at NashvilleBoatShow.com.