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4arch 08-21-2018 01:20 PM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
I post some version of this every year but my tip is just to be careful in the vendor tents. Really great deals are few and far between and (with the exception of deals on floor models of items displayed at the show) one can usually get any boat show discounts by calling or visiting the website of the vendor. As an example, in years past a vendor exhibited Honda generators at a good price, but now that Home Depot and Amazon are selling them, you can get the price that used to be considered a "great boat show special" any day. For electronics, better than boat show deals seem to pop up later in the fall and early winter. For other gear, Presidents day through mid-April seems to be ripe for good deals.

slap 08-21-2018 01:46 PM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
I usually go two days - one day for me to explore what I want, and a second day with my wife, to explore what she wants.

Win - Win.

ImGary01 08-21-2018 03:34 PM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff_H (Post 2051547154)
There are the Woodwinds which are larger schooners who do short sails (a couple hours). for a reasonable price. https://www.schoonerwoodwind.com/
Sometimes SailNet members will meet up during the show and sometimes members in the area will invite people out on their boat if they are going sailing during the show.

Jeff

Jeff,
Sound like you are volunteering to take sailnet members out on your boat.

PalmettoSailor 08-21-2018 03:40 PM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
Our boat is about a 30 minute drive from Annapolis and we have friends that have worked the show for many years, so we will usually go and make a long day of it, then met them for dinner after the show closes. If we happen to be there on closing day, they get us into the staff party which is a blast.

As a counterpoint to the parking at the stadium and taking the bus being less stressful that is not true for us. We plan to arrive about 45 minutes to an hour before the gates open and park in either the city garage or the real estate office on the Eastport side of the bridge. It costs, but because we stay for dinner after the show and sometimes it gets to be a late night, I find it far less stressful to be in walking distance of my vehicle. There is a really nice Coffee shop between the city garage and show entrances where we usually kill the time between arrival and opening.

As far as food, I almost always grab something at the Fleet Reserve Club, which again is pricy for what you get, but I don't mind supporting those guys. A Painkiller or beer on the Deck at Pusser's is enjoyable if you can find a seat. The restaurants are all packed but we've managed to get a table at Pusser's for dinner a couple of times and Blackwall Hitch once.

I concur that the brokerage cove is largely a waste of time to get over to.

Jeff_H 08-21-2018 04:17 PM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ImGary01 (Post 2051547356)
Jeff,
Sound like you are volunteering to take sailnet members out on your boat.

Its been known to happen......

ps23435 08-21-2018 10:24 PM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
Some comments regarding the practical aspects.... This year's show coincides with a USNA football game (USNA vs USAFA), that will complicate traffic, hotels, crowds, especially on Saturday. The last time we went to the show when there was a football game they moved the offsite parking from the Academy football stadium (which actually worked out better)- be sure to check the show website for more info on any parking changes. Re. parking, I have always found the offsite parking and shuttles a pretty painless way to get into the show. It avoids driving into downtown Annapolis (or even Eastport); cost is reasonable (I think it was $10 last year and goes to a community organization) and the shuttle buses run frequently all day. The game has also inflated hotel costs in the local area so you may need to venture further out (Bowie, MD, BWI, etc) to find rooms if you plan on attending over the weekend. Thursday is the "VIP Day"- you don't need to be any kind of VIP to go on Thursday, just tickets cost more but there are usually no crowds and it does avoid the football game. Have fun at the show!

ps23435 08-21-2018 10:27 PM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PalmettoSailor (Post 2051547358)
I concur that the brokerage cove is largely a waste of time to get over to.

I've found brokerage cove is hit or miss, one year there were some interesting brokerage boats there, another not much of anything. That said, the free water taxi to/from isn't a bad boat ride and a nice break from walking!

wingman10 08-22-2018 04:45 AM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 4arch (Post 2051547332)
I post some version of this every year but my tip is just to be careful in the vendor tents. Really great deals are few and far between and (with the exception of deals on floor models of items displayed at the show) one can usually get any boat show discounts by calling or visiting the website of the vendor. As an example, in years past a vendor exhibited Honda generators at a good price, but now that Home Depot and Amazon are selling them, you can get the price that used to be considered a "great boat show special" any day. For electronics, better than boat show deals seem to pop up later in the fall and early winter. For other gear, Presidents day through mid-April seems to be ripe for good deals.

This has been my experience as well. I have been attending the show on and off for many years and I am always hearing from friends about the great deals, but I have never really seen them myself. Regardless, it is a fun event (although if the Wx is good, you'll probably find me out on the water instead...)

Minnewaska 08-22-2018 07:04 AM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
It's my favorite boat show. Period. I only make it every 2-3 years.

I think the show can't be done well in one day. Especially, if it's one's first year. Take it all in on one day and go back the next to clean up. Or split between all the boat porn tours and the vendor tent tours between days.

All my purchases seem to occur after lunch, where I will have a couple of beers or sometimes a painkiller from the Pussers booth on the docks. I say that's good advice, but you may take it as a warning. :)

PalmettoSailor 08-22-2018 08:15 AM

Re: Annapolis Boat Show October!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ps23435 (Post 2051547434)
I've found brokerage cove is hit or miss, one year there were some interesting brokerage boats there, another not much of anything. That said, the free water taxi to/from isn't a bad boat ride and a nice break from walking!

I think this is only the 4th year, or so of brokerage cove and I remember the 1st couple of years they had some cool boats at mortal price points, but the past couple of years they were almost all the kind of boats where they run a credit check before allowing you to make a reservation for a showing.


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