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post #3 of Old 01-19-2013
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Re: Strictly Sail Chicago Show Question

It depends on your expectations. If you expect it to be like the Annapolis Sailboat Show, you'll be disappointed. There is a nice selection of boats from the more popular manufacturers, and it's really nice that it is indoors, but it isn't as big as Annapolis. I attended the Chicago Strictly Sail for about 6 years, but my main interest wasn't in looking at the boats. I liked to attend many of the free seminars, and stop by the booths, such as the Lewmar and Garmin and Yanmar and the various sailmakers' booths, and probe the experts for answers to questions and solutions to problems that I was experiencing. A lot of expert knowledge is available there, and it's all free. There's a lot more than just boats at the boat shows. I usually spent one day at the Chicago show, but sometimes went back for a second day, if there were a lot of seminars that interested me.
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