Baltimore Boat Show
Jan. 29-Feb.1
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
212-984-7000; www.baltimoreboatshow.com

Atlantic City International Power Boat Show
Feb. 4-8
Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
215-732-8001; www.acboatshow.com

Miami International Boat Show
Feb. 12-16
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL
954-441-3236; www.miamiboatshow.com

O.C. Seaside Boat Show
Feb. 13-15
Convention Center, Ocean City, MD
410-632-3676; www.ocboatshow.com

Richmond Boat Show
Feb. 20-22
Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, VA
804-425-6556; www.gsevents.com

Greater Philadelphia Boat Show
Mar. 13-15
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Philadelphia, PA
804-748-7469; www.phillyboatshow.com

National Capital Boat Show
Mar. 13-15
Dulles Expo and Convention Center, Chantilly, VA
804-425-6556; www.agievents.com

Apprentice For a Day
Join Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum boatbuilders as they construct a 17-foot lapstrake skiff. Come for a day or be part of the whole 21-week project. For the complete schedule of the build, and to register for classes, visit www.cbmm.org.

Through March 31
Cruise the Coastline
Journey through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge aboard the Terra Gator, an ecologically friendly beach mobile. You will travel through marshes, beaches and woodlands to see migratory birds, endangered species and other coastal wildlife. Reservations required. Little Island City Park, Virginia Beach. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 800-933-7275; www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fctrgatr.shtml.

Walking with Washington Tours
These free guided tours of Old town Alexandria, Va., on Sunday afternoons take you through George Washington's life in Alexandria. Reservations recommended. Ramsay House Visitor Center, Alexandria, Va. Sundays, 2 p.m. 703-829-6640; www.washingtonbirthday.net.

Fawcett Seminars
February's Fawcett Boat Supplies seminars include learning ABYC standards, how to prep for Newport, a talk with Bay Pilot and author John Hamill, and family cruising. Annapolis. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. 410-267-8681; www.fawcettboat.com.

4, 11, 18
Winter Luncheon Series
February's luncheon series topics include the historic passenger steamer Emma Giles, and an oyster cultivation project in Chesapeake Beach, Md. Reservations recommended. Captain Avery House, Shady Side, Md. 11:30 a.m. 410-266-8846; www.captainaverymuseum.org.

Winter Seminar Series
This month's Thursday night winter seminar series includes the D-Day soldiers trained on the Bay, the life of the modern Chesapeake waterman, and NASA satellite imagery. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. 410-295-0104; www.amaritime.org.

Polar Plunge
Brave the beach during this annual winter plunge festival to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. In addition to plunging, there will be entertainment, costume contests and plenty of children's activities. Virginia Beach, Va. 757-962-1575; www.polarplunge.com.

Windjammer Lecture: Nancy Robson
Author and CBM contributor Nancy Taylor Robson, author of Woman in the Wheelhouse will discuss her life as cook and then first mate aboard a tugboat. Severn School, Severna Park, Md. 8 p.m. www.windjammers-chesapeake.org.

Fishing and Boating Flea Market
From custom rods and tackle to used gear, boats and knife-sharpening, you'll find just about everything at the Pasadena Sportfishing Group's annual flea market. Earleigh Heights Fire Station, Pasadena, Md. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 410-439-3474; www.pasadenasportfishing.com.

Basic Electrical Systems
Students will receive hands-on and lecture instruction in basic electrical theory, troubleshooting and repair skills, and system design and maintenance. A level II class will be held Feb. 16-17. Annapolis School of Seamanship, Annapolis. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-263-8848; www.annapolisschoolofseamanship.com.

Fisherman's Flea Market
Gear up for the spring season at this annual flea market, with new and used gear, tackle and more. Tri-State Marine, Deale, Md. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 301-261-5220; www.tristatemarine.com.

Bass Class
This full day of fishing seminars will feature local fishing pros covering topwater tactics, lure modifications, crankbaits and more. Advance registration suggested. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, Md. 10 a.m-4 p.m. 410-608-5170; www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org.

Polar Plunge
Northern Virginia residents can now get in on plunging fun, raising money for Special Olympics Virginia on the Potomac River. In addition to plunging, there will be entertainment, contests and prizes. Tim's Rivershore, Dumfries, Va. 703-359-4301; www.polarplunge.com.