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Re: Strictly Sail Chicago Show Question
We've gone to Strictly Sail each of the past three years and will be going again next weekend.
For an indoor venue there are plenty of boats of all sizes to check out and climb around in and on. There has been a steady decline in the number of manufacturers of the larger boats and total number of larger boats displayed that we have noticed each year. That said, it looks as if there will be a reasonably good line up again this year.
You can see what boats are being displayed by exploring the drop down menus on the website.
Way more to see and do than just boats. Lots of good deals from gear and equipment manufacturers and vendors. Also lots of seminars.
My theory - Lines have become increasingly longer to get on the boats on any given day and time because the crowd is dispersed across less boats.
Thursday or Friday will be way less crowded than Saturday or Sunday.
Our routine: We come down from Minnesota on Thursday evening, go to the show all day Friday, hit another attraction downtown on Saturday (this year it will be the Shedd Aquarium) and then head home on Sunday. A really nice "mini vacation" we have come to look forward to each year.
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