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NY Boat Show? January 3-6, 2013

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The last time I attended the boat show in NYC it was held in the NY Coliseum and I was a freshman in college. (I still have the scuba tank I purchased on that trip and it just tested.) The Admiral and I will be hosting Christmas for 5 adult children and families this year in Brunswick, ME. Can't wait! After we recover from New Years we are planning an escape to NYC on the new train that now serves us here in our town. The N.Y. Boat Show is on our list of options. How would you rate the show?

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Re: NY Boat Show? January 3-6, 2013

I've been several times in the past 20 years. Its good. Javits center is a short cab ride from Grand Central. Its a big show, mostly power boats I think but its a fun day of dreaming and worth the ticket money. Grand Central is worth seeing itself and there are some great places to eat there as well.
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Re: NY Boat Show? January 3-6, 2013

Well, you are asking / posting on a sailboat forum here -- there are little to no sailboats at the NY Boat Show in NYC. Catalina and Hunter were the last 2 sailboat exhibitors that I can remember and I go every year. Last year, no mid or large Sailboat exhibitors were there -- all power boats and accessories. There were maybe a couple of small dingy sailboats on the sidelines. I go ever year because I am close to the show and my kids enjoy going in and out of all the larger boats. I generally enjoy anything-boating so its fine on a very general front but not much there for the avid sailor. Lots of power boats in the 22-32 foot size.

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Re: NY Boat Show? January 3-6, 2013

If you are used to going to any of the inwater shows like Newport, Annapolis, or Miami you will be disappointed by the lack of sailboats. If you are going to look at some of the accesory eauipment it may be worthwile, but most ois directed at powerboaters.
If you need a boat fix...it a good thing.

Bring lots of money. My parent company runs the food concessions there at the Javits center and that plus NY prices will give you sticker shock plus the food is prepackages. The area the center is in doesnt have much but a short walk away are a few places I would recommend.

Go to Manganaro's Hero Boy on 9th Ave between 37th and 38th for lunch. Huge heros or
Marseilles in Hell's Kitchen. It's on 9th Avenue at W. 44th Street or the Cupcake Cafe at 9th Ave (at W 39th St) and has soup and sandwiches and good cakes and pastry.

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Re: NY Boat Show? January 3-6, 2013

I went there about four years ago. On a scale of 1 to 10 it would rate about 2. You must have something better to do with your time.
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Re: NY Boat Show? January 3-6, 2013

I went to the NY show must be about 10 years ago. At that time they had only two 30+' sailboats and the rest were all power boats. As others have said, unless you are interested in the accessories I would not bother.
A ride on the Staten Island ferry, there and back, might be a more fun use of your time and it would be a lot cheaper than the boat show. Great views of NY Harbor and Lady Liberty. The fare is artificially low. Weather permitting of course.
Another little gem is the NYYC clubhouse at 37 W. 44th St. right off of Times Square. New York Yacht Club - Clubhouses
Yes, it is a "Blue Blazer" type of club and yes, they probably have a doorman/bouncer but if you just tell them that you are the Commodore of the Acadia Yacht Club and want to look around I bet they'd let you. The "Model Room" is well worth a look (see pictures in link).
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Re: NY Boat Show? January 3-6, 2013

Thanks to you all for the heads up. That wasn't the case back in "the day", Ha! The web site suggests that, too. NY was my youthful stomping ground so we will head down anyway. For the admission fee I will attend but make additional plans for Saturday.

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