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Bring on the Boat Shows!

One of the bright spots in a lake lover's long winter is attending a boat show. Recreational boating and fishing is an important part of life for more than 72 million Americans. Whether youíre looking for a new fishing boat, wakeboarding boat, ski boat, or runabout, boat shows are a great place to find out what is new and how the boats in that class compare. Sometimes the quality differences between brands becomes very clear when you can compare two boats side by side. You can check out the feel of the seats, and the look of the seat configuration in person. Try sitting in the driverís seat to see if you can comfortably drive it. See if the control panels are easy to read, and everything is within reach. Even if you are not ready to buy, it makes sense to take a look at what is new, and what the trends are. Check out the new features and technology available. A boat show is also a good place to talk to others who may have the type of boat you are considering, and get an opinion. Then whenever you decide to buy or upgrade, you will have a good idea of what you want to consider.


At boat shows youíll see pontoon boats, ski boats, runabouts, motor yachts, jet boats, deck boats, performance boats, bass boats, saltwater fishing boats and PWCs. Whatever your boating requirements, you will find several different models to compare. Youíll save time shopping and comparing dozens of boats and dealers at one time in one place. Dealers might travel as far as 100 miles to participate in these shows. Imagine how long it would take you to visit 10, 20 or 30 boat dealers! Boat shows offer a way to explore many options for enjoying lake life, and are one of the most convenient and cost-effective ways to examine all the styles and models of boats on the market.


Any time you get this many competitors together, consumers are the winners. At winter boat shows dealers are eager to begin the boat-selling season. Buying your boat early means you can get your boat delivered when you want it, and enjoy it for the full season. Buying at shows can save you money, especially if the manufacturer is selling the floor models. 



Of course, a boat show wouldn't be complete if there weren't loads of information concerning the "boating lifestyle". Be prepared to take advantage of the most up-to-date information on engine technologies, marinas, marine electronics, inboard and outboard engines, fishing tackle, and other marine products. Didnít know they made blenders for boats? This is the place to find out what is new for the boat and the boater.


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If you donít know when and where the nearest boat show will be, you can look on these links to locate one.

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