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DIY Seminars & hands-on workshops covering boat and motor maintenance, repairs and upgrades

Watch, learn and do! If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for free seminars and workshops. Daily sessions will cover a variety of topics, and include demos and question/answer sessions. Certified marine service technician "Fred", bring more than 35 years boating and marine service experience to the Shed.


Stop by for professional, practical advice, participate in hands-on clinics, ask questions, and see the cutaway boat and motor. It's all FREE, compliments of the Progressive® Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show 

Seminar Descriptions

Don’t be Fuelish: Propping your boat for performance and fuel economy. Did you know that a small ding on your prop could cost you 15% in fuel efficiency? Wonder if changing the pitch on your prop will make your boat plane faster? Get answers to these questions and learn how props affect performance and fuel economy. 

Maintaining a gas engine: Tips from a pro. Get pointers on keeping your gas-powered marine engine running its best and learn about basic maintenance. From water pumps to fuel systems, this session is sure to be of benefit.
Keeping your boat “shipshape”: Detailing & general maintenance. Discover the best ways to keep your boat clean. Learn tricks of the trade for removing dirty black streaks and water marks from your hull. Find out which products can make your seats and canvas look new. Whether you‘re a lifelong boater or just bought your first boat, you’re sure to learn a trick or two at this seminar. 
Fuel system maintenance: Keeping it clean & working.  This session will tackle fuel system basics, including the tough subject of ethanol in marine engines.
All charged up: Installing and maintaining a marine battery system. Everything you need to know about marine batteries, but didn’t know who or what to ask! Listen in as our pros share their expertise. You’re sure to leave with the know-how to install and maintain your batteries.
Go one-on-one with a service technician. Stop by for a FREE one-on-one consultation with our certified marine technician, Fred, compliments of the Show. Get advice and answers to your questions with the help of cutaway motors, tools and a cutaway boat for hands-on demonstrations. Sessions will be first-come, first-served.
Changing a water pump. Although often overlooked, your boat’s water pump should be changed regularly. A faulty impellor is one of the primary causes of engine failure. Stop by to learn how to change a water pump, and simple tricks that make the job easier.
Basic fiberglass repair and maintenance.  Learn about preventative fiberglass maintenance and strategies for repairing damage. If you own a fiberglass boat, you do not want to miss this workshop. 
Maintaining your generator. Learn how to keep your generator in top working order. Fred will share a list of do and don'ts for operating and maintaining your generator.
Proper winterization. Want to save money and winterize your boat yourself? Curious about which tasks on the winterizing checklist you should leave in the hands of the pros at your service center? Learn the tips and tricks of the big service centers that handle hundreds of winterizations each year.

Check back soon for a complete schedule