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Old 02-15-2011, 06:58 AM
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Iím flying down from NC to the Miami show this weekend and was curious to hear everyoneís thoughts on boat show etiquette, particularly with regards to sea-trialing boats. One of the reasons Iím flying down to the show is because Iíve heard that you are able to sea-trial many of the boats. I am in the market for a 30-32 foot center console and have a short list of manufacturers that Iíd like to trial. With that being said, though, I will not be purchasing a boat this weekend but will be making a purchase within a year (assuming everything stays on plan). Hoping to use this weekend to narrow the list down.

So, tell me, how does it typically work?
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You are not going to get a lot of action if you state you will be buying in a year. My experience at the Marriot was that if you get to the docks early on Thursday and Friday, the boat owners like to "warm up" there boats before the main crowds arrive. This is when I get my free cruises. Angler boats and World Cat boats were fun.
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Carry a rod and reel with ya, a small cooler and a bucket of bait
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Some will take anyone. Some prefer you talk to their rep at the convention center so they can set it up. Some I never see leave the dock. I would probably start at the convention center and kinda get a feel for which company does what.
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Some will take anyone. Some prefer you talk to their rep at the convention center so they can set it up. Some I never see leave the dock. I would probably start at the convention center and kinda get a feel for which company does what.
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Most of the guys that I ahve talked to are pretty ameniable to taking you for a ride. I wouldn't even mention that you are a year out. It is easier for them to sea trial a boat for a bunch of people at the show than hitch one up to trailer for one guy down the road. I would have no qualms asking, esp since you are from out of town.
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Tell them you need a tender for your 150 footer- you will ride every one....
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set it up prior to getting down there,,this will eliminate alot of asking
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Whats the policy on boarding the boat? Can you get on any of the in water boats? i know that it pry varies from company to company, but i am just curious
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set it up prior to getting down there,,this will eliminate alot of asking
I agree. Give the ones you are interested in a phone call. Tell them you're flying down from NC. That will make them think you're a serious buyer and ready to pull the trigger. Definitely don't tell them about your 1 year time frame. Set up your sea trials before you get there. We did this in Annapolis quite a few years ago and it worked out great. It should work out for you too.
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This is a tough one on both sides I guess. There are alot of tire kickers who have no intention of buying, especially anytime soon. Then there are the serious shoppers.

A friend was there seriously looking for a low 30'er IB cruiser. This caught his eye. http://http://www.greenlinehybrid.com/ He has an alternate power source company here so this boat was particularly interesting.

The boat was in water. He asked intelligent questions about the boat, not the usual 'How fast is it' first question. The rep gave him the brush off.

Lost sale. He is buying something else.
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