Originally Posted by thesnort
What are your thoughts on the SD Boat Show this year?
Has anyone else gone yet?
Just wondering what I'm missing and if I should be missing it.
Thanks in advance!
In SD (Shelter Island) Went to the indoor portion on Thursday night and was pretty much what I expected. There were some good booths and had lots of questions answered from a wide range of representation.(ie marinas to watermakers, to emergency equipment to electrical systems etc etc...
Went to the in water today and although power boat dominant there was a very strong presence from IP (5 boats), Catalina, Beneteau, Hunter, Jeaneau with a few stragglers from J Boats, Tartan (ie 3700) Hanse. It was interesting to be able to show the wife direct differences in the boats and the reason for them, having IP there was great....I gotta say their new models (IP465 and IP485) are pretty amazing..my wife was impressed
My only dissapointment would be a few more companies represented with more boats specifically Tartan, Sabre, Valient..I suppose its hard to move these boats around for every show.
Overall very happy to make it and more than worth the $8 or whatevery it was..we had them gratis for both days from a couple of brokers we have spoken with. Also very good was the opportunity to be able to make contacts with people in the industry and fellow sailors.
Went to one seminar from Mark Nicholas who wrote "Essentials of living aboard a boat" I read the boat which was a good overview and the seminar was about the same with some good stories thrown in.
San Diego is a great town....glad we came..viewing some brokerage boats on Monday then back to the "frozen tundra"
Hope that helps...