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Old 16-10-2008, 11:07   #1
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Ok, need help on which BOAT SHOW to attend!

I have been to the 'lil' Raleigh NC show and now I wanna try to visit the big ones next year what do you recommend? I heard the Fort Lauderdale is pretty big!
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The Lauderdale show is the largest show in the world with over 100 yachts over a hundred feet. There are a few catamaran builders in the show, but compared to the Miami show the show is limited if you are strictly interested in sailboats. If you love all types of boats and enjoy the "scenery" that goes with them, the Lauderdale show is great. I enjoy the Miami show as well but typically only spend time at the Strictly Sail portion at Bayside Marina.

The Lauderdale show is at the end of this month, and the Miami show comes up in February.
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The Feb show in Miami tends to show the newly released electronics and gear. On the other hand, powerboats predominate greatly over sailboats. The Fort Lauderdale show is primarily $1m+ boats. The Annapolis Sailboat Show is the largest and combines equipment displays and the widest variety of boats. Unfortunately, it was last week. The Newport show is also limited in the number and variety of sailboats. My favorite (and I've been to all of them) is the Annapolis show.
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I've not been to the Annapolis show, but it has a great rep. I have been to West Palm Beach, Ft. Liquordale, Miami and St. Pete. St. Pete has the nicest folks and best atmosphere. Miami has the best selection of blowboats, by far. Avoid Ft. Laud & West Palm unless you are looking for a very expensive motoryacht. Ft. Laud is very snooty and frankly is not worth the hassle.
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Old 17-10-2008, 07:32   #6
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Thanks for the input!
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Are you looking for an East Coast show specifically? The first boat show we attended, just to kill an afternoon while vacationing in Tampa, was the the St. Pete show. (1996) The show changed our life! We live on the west coast and have attended several shows over the years but I don't think West Coast shows have as many boats in the water. We attended Strictly Sail this year in Oakland and I was surprised at how small the show was. I guess we were spoiled by that St. Pete show.

Does MISSBAJA refer to your gender or state of mind? Have you cruised Mexico/Baja?
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When you say Ft Lauderdale and Miami I have to ask, sail or power?
I have worked both shows for over 10 years and many others. If Sailing, specifically boats, is your focus I wouldn't waste my time at Ft Lauderdale or Miami.

If you want to see stuff you could put on your boat and by that I mean electronics or other "stuff" then you can see plenty of that but the sail portions of these shows are seriously lacking. In my opinion.

If I was to pick just one show and sailing was my passion it would be Annapolis.
Next I would go to Newport. These are two best shows to see sailboats on the east coast.....again, just my uneducated opinion.
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I am looking for powerboat shows mainly, even tho I would love to attend the Annapolis! Doesnt matter where it is located really, I just want to enjoy the best show of the year.
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We went to the Annapolis powerboat show last Friday. Boats between 16 and 60 feet were there. The segregated the boats into groupings by use - fishing, slow cruising, fast cruising, waterboarding, etc. We were intersested in looking at fast trawlers and most manufacturers were there. The Miami show probably has an equal or larger display + alot of the boats are indoors. The Miami show has a much larger equipment display and the companies introduce their new versions at that show.
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As a powerboater I have attended the Miami and Annapolis shows. I would say the Miami show is much better. I think it has by far more boats and accessories. The shows I have been to have had large crowds, getting a by hotel and parking nearby have been a problem.
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So you think if I want to see ACCESSORIES I should go to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale?
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The consensus seems to be that the Annapolis show is best for sailboats and the two Florida shows are best for powerboats? I saw the Annapolis sail show a couple weeks ago...it was pretty impressive. I wish though that they had more catamarans. I would guess the ratio of monos to cats is probably around 80%/20%

One little irritating thing about the show is that there are a handful of boats that you must pre-sign up to go aboard. They should just ban that idea...seems a bit snooty. Isn't the idea of a boat show from the publics perspective, is to be allowed to go aboard boats?
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