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Tips: Navigating A Boat Show

Tips: Navigating A Boat Show

A serious boat buyer should take the time to study the possibilities.

BE PREPARED WITH RESEARCH – Knowing what you want before you arrive at a boat show will ensure you have the maximum available time for brand comparisons so that you can make an informed buying decision.

Your aim is to narrow down your choices to make a well-informed decision about your new boat. Boat shows are your best opportunities to make brand and model comparisons. As a well-informed buyer, you are less likely to buy on impulse or make the wrong decision.

Know the street price of the boat you want, so you can negotiate directly with the decision-makers who can immediately improve their offering to ensure you buy on the day.

Remember that there are ongoing boat ownership costs, such as storage, maintenance, slipping, fuel, and mooring fees—oh, and a champagne budget! Keep these in mind when you ask the dealers about the boat you are considering to purchase.

Meet the dealer team, and ask to speak with the service manager who will become your point of contact after you have purchased your boat.

Make lists of the activities (and times) of the demonstrations you would really like to see. Pinpoint the boat brands that you also want to visit.

Use a camera to remind you of unique features.

BE READY FOR ACTION – Have a big breakfast at home before you set off.

Suggest to your family to use the bathroom before leaving home for the boat show.

Bring with you fresh fruit, juices, snacks and plenty of water. Remember to take sunscreen, a stroller (if required, as this will be handy for the long walks), sunglasses, and make sure everyone is wearing a sun hat.

The weather can be fickle, so be prepared for cold weather or rains, too.

Have enough cash ready to avoid waiting at an ATM in case there are no credit card or EFTPOS facilities.

Early start, and expect a long day. Give yourself plenty of hours to look around without being pressed for time.

Wear comfortable shoes. Many dealerships will ask you to remove your shoes before boarding the vessels, so your shoes need to be easily removable and quick to slip back on.

Have a family game plan. Stay together and look out for one another. Have a designated meeting spot and time. Have some fun activities as a family—whether it is watching an on-water show, riding on a train and ferry, or simply stopping for a refreshment break. Let your children keep an eye out for the freebies!


By Andy Kancachian



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