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This is the first boat show that I will be attending and I don't know what to expect.

Will this years boat show be as good as the previous ones? Is it worth attending?

Anybody else going?

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No not a one of us. No boat shows for us. Just a Communist plot to extract money from our pockets.
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If you've never been to a Boat Show, you'll have fun. Go, talk to everyone, ask lots of questions. The Toronto Boat show is one of the highlights of my winter and it is mainly power with a section set aside to show new sailboats. The "Mariner's Marketplace" is where the real damage to your wallet (but solace to your soul) is done. You will find the back seat of your car jammed with things that you didn't even know existed before the show... they spray some kind of a boating smell into the convention centre making all things irresistable. We are debating making the journey to Chicago next weekend for the show but I'm afraid my measly Canadian dollars won't go as far as necessary. Be afraid and have fun! (If you've never been to a boat show before, who cares if the show is as good as previous years?)

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Going to Chicago

Take your wallet with all the cash you can afford to spend on boat stuff, and leave the credit cards home.....
Look through the seminars list and see if there are topics of interest.
Don't get suckered into to something you don't think you need ahead of time. Everything looks really cool and useful at Strictly Sail. Have fun along with the rest of us.

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Anybody else going?
There are quite a few of us going.
Follow the link in Bubb2's post for more info.
In a nut shell, there will be an informal gathering of about 20 of us on Friday evening. That is scheduled to take place around 5:00. The location will be at the Billy Goat Tavern on the Pier, just a short walk from the show on Navy Pier.
You are very welcome to join us.
See you there, just look for a bunch of Bilge Rats and that will be us.

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You can easily see the exhibits in one day, but I like to spend two days there and attend the seminars that interest me. Most of them are free, and you'll have a chance to ask questions of a really knowledgeable person. Occasionally, one of the speakers is, or will be, a sailing legend, and it's interesting to meet him and hear him talk. You'll find a complete list of the seminars on the Strictly Sail Chicago website.
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I am going, and am carrying at least $2000 for extras....that I want to buy there
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Thanks for the tips - looking forward hearing more. I'd love to meet up on Friday but I already have plans that day.

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Thanks for the tips - looking forward hearing more. I'd love to meet up on Friday but I already have plans that day.

Erik G.
So...you're near..but..HAVE PLANS FOR THAT NIGHT?????

good for you...don't come back later and ask us...how do I do this...how do I do that...I want to cruis thye world, should I take an Opti or an old shoe??

WE WILL NOT HELP YOU...OK???

Pfff.....some people..God gived hazzelnuts to animals with no teeth....beat it punk

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