There are good seminars planned for this year as usual. We'll be presenting some, so will interesting folks like Beth Leonard, and there is a panel discusion on the Saturday that you should try to attend on steps towards long term planning for a first cruise
. But, best thing about this show is, lots of folks will have time to chat with you in their booths, people like the editors of sailing magazines who have actually been off cruising/ try the folks at Good Old Boat, those at Cruising World and water
Sailing. If you catch them when they aren't too busy, you can get some good advise. And lots of the people who make and sell accessories for smaller cruising boats have actually been out cruising themselves. You can also look or the SSCA booth where cruisers gather to share information. So don't just limit your boatshow time to trying to get on board boats. We have only worked at the show three times but I definitely remember that Thursday, Friday morning and Monday were the least crowded times.
Good luck, choosing a cruising boat is far harder than choosing a camper.