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Old 01-13-2017, 04:26 PM   #1
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How is it? Anybody going? Ive wanted to go in the past but cannot make it this year.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:10 PM   #2
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A total waste of money after you consider parking and admission and that the Show is just a sliver of what it once was.
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I'm going tomorrow just to "shake-off" some of this winter blues
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Old 01-14-2017, 06:49 AM   #4
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A total waste of money after you consider parking and admission and that the Show is just a sliver of what it once was.
The same thing happened to the Detroit boat show. I usually go because of free tickets from the dealer I bought my boat off. All it seems to be in Detroit now is a million of the same looking pontoons, a few aluminum fishing boats, and very few what I call nice boats. I go to check out the new Regulators and Albemarles that Catawba Moorings brings up. Other than a couple Boston Whalers and a Scout or two it is a waste of time.
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years ago, it was an annual event. We'd drive up from Columbus, often with another couple. Get a room for the night, hit the show then take in a dinner somewhere.
After doing that for ten years , it just got old. Last time I went, I was broke by the time I got in the door after paying parking and admission. There was maybe only half the boats there compared to back in the hey day. I usually pass these days.
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You all "missed the boat" this year. The IX was full of boats and people--best attendance I've seen there in many many years. Much larger displays than the last several years and people were complaining about have to park at the far end of the parking lot much like it was in the eighties.
So if you weren't there, please don't drive others away with your comments. Last year and the year before were just that and the show looks like its old self this year. Come and join us! The show is open today Sunday and Monday so there is still time.
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Don't care how many flipping boats they have as compared to prior years.... they start ripping you off with their parking as soon as you pull in the gate.
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Parking is not the show's issue; the IX people get all that money and I agree it is expensive. However, I paid 50 dollars to park a mile away from 3 Rivers Stadium last year to see a game in Pittsburgh and 20 this year to see Cleveland get their butts kicked at home--and I walked almost a mile to see that. I guess it's more a matter of how badly you want to go to an event as opposed to how much it costs.
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Parking is not the show's issue; the IX people get all that money and I agree it is expensive. However, I paid 50 dollars to park a mile away from 3 Rivers Stadium last year to see a game in Pittsburgh and 20 this year to see Cleveland get their butts kicked at home--and I walked almost a mile to see that. I guess it's more a matter of how badly you want to go to an event as opposed to how much it costs.
I realize it is not the show promoters. It is the IX Center. I guess it is the principle of the matter. They are almost as bad as the pukes who price gouge right after a natural disaster.

I didn't even mind the overpriced beer, pop, and hotdogs.
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You all "missed the boat" this year. The IX was full of boats and people--best attendance I've seen there in many many years. Much larger displays than the last several years and people were complaining about have to park at the far end of the parking lot much like it was in the eighties.

I agree. I don't think I remember it being this busy in the last 10 years. It sure looks like it's on the up-swing. When I saw 200 people in line at the ticket booths, I assumed it was because of the other shows, but we had to stand in a long line for the boat show itself.

I don't mind paying $10 to park, but it's interesting to hear backlash about beer prices. I'm glad it's not just me. $10 for a draft Bud? I might take a year off from the show.

I assume the 45 Prestige was the queen of the show. Not a record breaker by any stretch, but at least the show wasn't all pontoons.

I liked the shows a few years when they allowed more used boats in. They were clean, and of course more budget friendly, but they also offer more variety. When mfr's like Formula make the same model for 11 years, why board the boats? To see what the TV looks like this year?
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