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kkiser 09-19-2007 01:50 PM

Great Lakes Boat Show Recommendations
I attended Strictly Sailing in Chicago early this year and loved it. I was wondering what shows in the Great Lakes region would you recommend, especially for a beginning sailor.

resdog 09-19-2007 02:21 PM

Go to the Annapolis show in October. As close to the Great Lakes as you'll get for a real show.

sailortjk1 09-19-2007 02:31 PM

The two biggest in the Chicago area are the Strictly Sail that you attended, and the Michigan City in water show which you just missed.
Michigan City is usually the last weekend in August.

kwaltersmi 09-19-2007 02:37 PM

Your best bet in the Great Lakes proper is the Strictly Sail show in Chicago scheduled for Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2008. I've attended several of the others in the region over the years, and sailing mostly takes a backseat.

garymcg 09-19-2007 03:25 PM

I second the Annapolis suggestion
Go to Annapolis! I've been to Strictly Sail in both Chicago and Miami, the Michigan City show, etc. etc. The U.S. sailboat show in Annapolis is far superior with many boats (Valiant, Hallberg Rassy, Hinckley, Swan, etc.) you won't see at the other shows. The Annapolis show blows all the others away. Plus, you can have dinner at O'Leary's Seafood Restaurant as a bonus.

If you live in Michigan you can get cheap round trip tickets to Balitmore for around $130.00 on NWA out of Detroit Metro any day of the week, rental cars are cheap, and so are decent hotels by the airport. The nice hotels in downtown Annapolis are either booked up or charging $400.00 a night.

You can also spend a day wandering around Jabin's/Port Annapolis and see a wider variety of brokerage boats than you can in a whole summer of shopping around the great lakes.

Digiital 09-19-2007 04:18 PM

Toronto Jan 2008

Valiente 09-19-2007 08:46 PM

Yes, the Toronto one is huge. Not such a bargain for Americans anymore, however...

Sailormann 09-20-2007 12:09 AM

Not a lot of sailboats at the Toronto show.... C&C, Hunter, Beneteau, Catalina, MacGregor, but nothing anyone would really be interested in buying ... ;)

Valiente 09-20-2007 01:00 AM

J-Boats? Hanse? There's a few, but admittedly, it's more powerboat-oriented. Lots of deals on ancillary stuff, though.

Sailormann 09-20-2007 01:14 AM

Must have missed those... I didn't spend a lot of time at the boats. Primarily go to look at the new fittings and gear.

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