What self-respecting boatie doesn’t love a boat show? Whether it’s the glamour of luxurious white hulls, the awe of twin monster outboards on big centre consoles, or the latest must-have electronics, the boat show is the place where all your waterborne desires come together.
But what if you’ve never been to one? Here are 10 ways to get the most out of your first boat show.
Know what’s on
Shows are very big and busy events. There’s so much going on that it’s easy to miss something. Alongside displays there are often many demonstrations and presentations. Remember to schedule your time so you don't miss the ones you're interested in.
Since boat shows are almost always preceded by extensive media coverage, checking back periodically on the show organiser’s website and finding out what manufacturers are up to (social media and boating news sites are great for this) are both great ways to find out what to expect, and to figure out what you want to see.
Then, once you get through the gate, grab a copy of the show guide and plan your day.
A big deal
Boat shows are big on deals and specials. Along with launches and updates, shows are the place to be if you want a discount, cashback offer, more options than standard, bonus items and other benefits.
Once you’re set on something, don’t be afraid to ask about any deals, although keep in mind that many offers are exclusive to the event (after all, dealers are there to sell more boats).
Of course, you’ll ideally book in a test drive before you take it home. And don’t forget to be clear on your warranty situation.
Take in the demonstrations
There are only so many hours an average person can stay on their feet. So why not mull over a potential purchase during one of the many demonstrations on offer?