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Old 02-09-2019, 05:48 AM
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If you are able to attend the show over the next 9 days, please provide a brief report of highlights, lowlights, and must-sees.
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:34 AM
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Heading up now. Crazy going opening day but only chance I can get there
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Yeah I was thinking of going today, but might wait until the middle of the week so it's a bit calmer. I'm sure it's gonna be nuts today. What are the tickets up to now?
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Yeah I was thinking of going today, but might wait until the middle of the week so it's a bit calmer. I'm sure it's gonna be nuts today. What are the tickets up to now?
I'll probably try to get in there mid-week also. The website indicates that tickets are $16
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$18.00 parking - free shuttle from lot to door
$30.00 valet service
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:57 PM
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I am planning on heading up next weekend. Be sure to Use code "BOAT19" for 15% off tickets if buying online. This code is from Boat US.
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:36 PM
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Ticket $14.00, with a subscription to saltwater sportsman. Street parking $4.00. Good seminars. Saw the boats I wanted to see. Yamaha 425 is an impressive beast.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:49 AM
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I went yesterday, crowd not bad at all. The market is pushing all center consoles that all done up. Some aren't too bad in price but if you go with a known name we'll over 100k for anything. If you are headed to see walk around, forget it, maybe a handfull there. Still fun to walk around.
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Went today! Had a blast. I don't think it was that much different than other years. Beautiful day today. Brisk but pleasant. We had lunch in Chinatown and then parked there (for free) and Uber'd to the Show. I also got free tickets from a yacht sales broker a few weeks ago, that's always nice. It WAS crowded but not overly crowded. I felt comfortable the whole time and didn't have to wait for anything. I would rather go on the weekend when it's more lively and filled with energy.

The boats: They were a good mix of boats. Lots of CC's. Oh, the CC's.....Not my favorite style but I appreciate all vessels EVEN sailboats. Lol. There was a dealer who had an awesome mix of bigger inflatables with the helm steering layout. The prices seemed reasonable actually. There was a beautiful hard bottom RIB maybe like a 12' footer with a 25 Yamaha and the helm controls that I really liked. I took the reps card. I had dreams of putting it on my new boat....MINT.

Lots of jet skis were there. I like how some of brands outfit the skis with a full fishing package. Pretty cool. They have rod holders, GPS/Fishfinder units and coolers attached. Neat setup.

The only boats that I boarded were boats that I liked. I don't get on boats just for the sake of getting on them. Lol. First boat that I got on was the World Cat 320 DC? Model name be wrong?. Very cool boat. TANK. Probably great for anglers. I actually talked to the president of World Cat! Very polite and non descript guy.

Next I got on a Rosborough 246. Nice layout for a smaller, coastal cruiser. Fit and finish is good. I actually almost bought an older Rosborough before I found my C Dory 25 a few years ago. They have a big fan base. Good looking boats and they sit nicely on the water when on "plane".

Cruisers Yachts Cantius 42 or 44? Sorry, I'm bad with the model numbers because I'm not in the market for one. BIG CRUISER. PLUSH. FUEL GUZZZZZLLLLEERRRRR......BEAUTY.

Eastern Sisu 22:
These are nice little fishing rigs or cruisers. Very pretty design. I always liked the Sisu's (very popular model). They have been around for ages. Classic NE lines. Nice little hardtop and covered helm.

Boston Whaler 345 Conquest: It's a Whaler. Drop the mic. Done........If you can afford it, then this is a friggon amazing rig. I'm quite sure this girl will handle some serious seas and bring you home ALIVE. What an amazing vessel. Only $550k! Lol

Boston Whaler 420 Vantage: Another drop the mic'r but I'm not a fan of open bow boats. The 4 big, beastly outboards look so impressive though. WOW. $1.2m.

Ranger Tugs 29: I know Rangers very well and been on many over the years. The fit and finish is very mint. The amenities that they cram into a 29 foot boat is impressive too. I'm not a fan of the beam or price though. These boats are appealing to many because they are actually trailerable. That's an awesome feature but then you lose seaworthiness because the beam is still around 10 feet or less. I like Ranger Tugs and what they represent but I would never buy one. They are uber successful though. Hats off to them, they saw a market and made boats for them.

VENDORS: There were lots of good vendors. I talked to several folks that I knew from years past and met some new folks.

Boat US: Every year I always renew my Boat US membership and get the $50 discount. Good deal. Highly recommended. They didn't have the nice bags this year though! Lol

Fender Bucket: My buddy talked to this guy for a while and then I walked over. I missed the whole spiel but the gist of it is: He designed these good looking, soft but durable containers for fenders to be attached to the dock. They have 2 uses. The primary use is to store fenders on the dock. The other use is that even when the fender is NOT in the holder they act as a fender themselves! Pretty interesting design. I'm thinking of buying 3 of them and keeping them attached to my dock in the stern. The inventor is a local Mass guy and he said that West Marine in Woburn will give free shipping if you mention the boat show. He seemed like a good guy.

Other than that I didn't talk to very many vendors this year because I'm not in the market for much right now. But there was a large amount of vendor presence and they seemed busy.

SEMINARS: We didn't do any seminars. They were mostly fishing related and not much else. Even though I don't really fish, I still would've enjoyed a fishing seminar but we had been there for like 4 hours so far and had enough. It's too bad the seminars were so fishing heavy this year though. IMO,most folks at a boat show are just regular recreational boaters. I'd like to see some boat maintenance, docking and seamanship seminars.

GOOD TIMES though! I would definitely recommend it to any one who's on the fence. Go for it. Good show.

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Originally Posted by South of Heaven View Post
Went today! Had a blast. I don't think it was that much different than other years. Beautiful day today. Brisk but pleasant. We had lunch in Chinatown and then parked there (for free) and Uber'd to the Show. I also got free tickets from a yacht sales broker a few weeks ago, that's always nice. It WAS crowded but overly crowded. I felt comfortable the whole time and didn't have to wait for anything. I would rather go on the weekend when it's more lively and filled with energy.

The boats: They were a good mix of boats. Lots of CC's. Oh, the CC's.....Not my favorite style but I appreciate all vessels EVEN sailboats. Lol. There was a dealer who had an awesome mix of bigger inflatables with the helm steering layout. The prices seemed reasonable actually. There was a beautiful hard bottom RIB maybe like a 12' footer with a 25 Yamaha and the helm controls that I really liked. I took the reps card. I had dreams of putting it on my new boat....MINT.

Lots of jet skis were there. I like how some of brands outfit the skis with a full fishing package. Pretty cool. They have rod holders, GPS/Fishfinder units and coolers attached. Neat setup.

The only boats that I boarded were boats that I liked. I don't get on boats just for the sake of getting on them. Lol. First boat that I got on was the World Cat 320 DC? Model name be wrong?. Very cool boat. TANK. Probably great for anglers. I actually talked to the president of World Cat! Very polite and non descript guy.

Next I got on a Rosborough 246. Nice layout for a smaller, coastal cruiser. Fit and finish is good. I actually almost bought an older Rosborough before I found my C Dory 25 a few years ago. They have a big fan base. Good looking boats and they sit nicely on the water when on "plane".

Cruisers Yachts Cantius 42 or 44? Sorry, I'm bad with the model numbers because I'm not in the market for one. BIG CRUISER. PLUSH. FUEL GUZZZZZLLLLEERRRRR......BEAUTY.

Eastern Sisu 22:
These are nice little fishing rigs or cruisers. Very pretty design. I always liked the Sisu's (very popular model). They have been around for ages. Classic NE lines. Nice little hardtop and covered helm.

Boston Whaler 345 Conquest: It's a Whaler. Drop the mic. Done........If you can afford it, then this is a friggon amazing rig. I'm quite sure this girl will handle some serious seas and bring you home ALIVE. What an amazing vessel. Only $550k! Lol

Boston Whaler 420 Vantage: Another drop the mic'r but I'm not a fan of open bow boats. The 4 big, beastly outboards look so impressive though. WOW. $1.2m.

Ranger Tugs 29: I know Rangers very well and been on many over the years. The fit and finish is very mint. The amenities that they cram into a 29 foot boat is impressive too. I'm not a fan of the beam or price though. These boats are appealing to many because they are actually trailerable. That's an awesome feature but then you lose seaworthiness because the beam is still around 10 feet or less. I like Ranger Tugs and what they represent but I would never buy one. They are uber successful though. Hats off to them, they saw a market and made boats for them.

VENDORS: There were lots of good vendors. I talked to several folks that I knew from years past and met some new folks.

Boat US: Every year I always renew my Boat US membership and get the $50 discount. Good deal. Highly recommended. They didn't have the nice bags this year though! Lol

Fender Bucket: My buddy talked to this guy for a while and then I walked over. I missed the whole spiel but the gist of it is: He designed these good looking, soft but durable containers for fenders to be attached to the dock. They have 2 uses. The primary use is to store fenders on the dock. The other use is that even when the fender is NOT in the holder they act as a fender themselves! Pretty interesting design. I'm thinking of buying 3 of them and keeping them attached to my dock in the stern. The inventor is a local Mass guy and he said that West Marine in Woburn will give free shipping if you mention the boat show. He seemed like a good guy.

Other than that I didn't talk to very many vendors this year because I'm not in the market for much right now. But there was a large amount of vendor presence and they seemed busy.

SEMINARS: We didn't do any seminars. They were mostly fishing related and not much else. Even though I don't really fish, I still would've enjoyed a fishing seminar but we had been there for like 4 hours so far and had enough. It's too bad the seminars were so fishing heavy this year though. IMO,most folks at a boat show are just regular recreational boaters. I'd like to see some boat maintenance, docking and seamanship seminars.

GOOD TIMES though! I would definitely recommend it to any one who's on the fence. Go for it. Good show.
Great review SoH
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:05 PM
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Went in there yesterday crowds were light enough I taught .highlight for me was the Grady white canyon 37 very impressive .very well laid out with everything an off shore trip requires .big fish boxes heat and AC .c.comfortable helm and those new yammie 425xto look like monsters on the back of her think she'd get you there and back in one piece no prob .that whaler vantage is unbelivible all kinds of room there well set up for fishing and family cruising /entertaining .bit out of my league price wise but a guy can dream right. 😛
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I agree with Striperdude and South of Heaven above. Moderate crowds, the Boat US renewal is worth the price of admission. If you want to eat there go upstairs. Use the escalators on the back wall. Less crowded, better food. Prices are moderate. Attended one seminar-Cod and Haddock fishing. Picked up a few tips. I did go aboard the BW and GW boats. Spent some time talking with some of the vendors and Coast Guard Aux.
Last year security was a shit show. Lines were backed up the entire length of the front lobby. This year almost none-we got there at 10:45 Sunday. Could have stayed longer but one of the grandkids had to leave for a B'day party.
My Marina (Danversport) was there, they haven't had a booth the last couple of years. Said they already picked up a few new members. Glad it was worth their while.
Thought it was interesting West Marine had a booth after a noticeable difference in past years. They were probably tired of getting beat up over pricing. Now with their new price match policy they show up. Unfortunately that is what retail has become. I still want the brick & mortar available to get what I need when I want it, but the price has to there too.
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My Marina (Danversport) was there, they haven't had a booth the last couple of years. Said they already picked up a few new members. Glad it was worth their while.
Oh hey, that's right up the street from me! Even though it's literally 5 minutes from the house, I still go to Hawthorne Cove in Salem because I can't stand that bridge and that river!

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.Thought it was interesting West Marine had a booth after a noticeable difference in past years. They were probably tired of getting beat up over pricing. Now with their new price match policy they show up. Unfortunately that is what retail has become. I still want the brick & mortar available to get what I need when I want it, but the price has to there too.
To say the least! I laugh at myself whenever I go in there to buy anything because I know I'm being robbed clean but I do it anyway, because of exactly what you said. Usually it's on the way home, so how's that for convenience!
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Did west have any electronics deals?
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Did west have any electronics deals?
seconded any good deals there or on any other items ? I plan on going up Friday
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Sorry-I didn't stop at the WM booth, just passed by it.
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-Got on the invincible mono hull. Really like the hull allot, hate the console and helm seat/tackle station. Fit/finish is really nice on the boat, electrical and plumbing are well thought out. I was not very impressed with the cat, I personally think the freeman is the way to go but the sales guy was saying invincible is a better ride, any one been on both?
-Love the 34 regulator, wish it was available with no fs but I could deal with that. Love the bed in the console for allot of reasons. Not a huge fan of the windshields either but seamless makes a nice t top for those boats. Wanted to see the new 26 bay boat thing but was not there.
-There was a brand new whaler that already sold with spider cracks on the floor right by the transom door. I asked the guy about it and said its not a problem, yeah I think if I am buying a new boat that might be an issue for me but I don't buy new boats so what do I know.
-Progressive wouldn't let me drive the rc boat so you could say I was pretty let down. Had a hot mom compliment my amazing boat handling skills last year which really got me through the rest of the winter, will not be switching to progressive after this.
-The 425 is a sweet looking motor, talked to a few sales guys about their thoughts and they don't seem too impressed with the fuel numbers etc. I don't have much to share about it but thought that was interesting.
-The goose guys have a great setup once again, really close to buying some strategic lures towards the end after a few beers
-The beers were 6$ so that wasn't bad.
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-Got on the invincible mono hull. Really like the hull allot, hate the console and helm seat/tackle station. Fit/finish is really nice on the boat, electrical and plumbing are well thought out. I was not very impressed with the cat, I personally think the freeman is the way to go but the sales guy was saying invincible is a better ride, any one been on both?
-Love the 34 regulator, wish it was available with no fs but I could deal with that. Love the bed in the console for allot of reasons. Not a huge fan of the windshields either but seamless makes a nice t top for those boats. Wanted to see the new 26 bay boat thing but was not there.
-There was a brand new whaler that already sold with spider cracks on the floor right by the transom door. I asked the guy about it and said its not a problem, yeah I think if I am buying a new boat that might be an issue for me but I don't buy new boats so what do I know.
-Progressive wouldn't let me drive the rc boat so you could say I was pretty let down. Had a hot mom compliment my amazing boat handling skills last year which really got me through the rest of the winter, will not be switching to progressive after this.
-The 425 is a sweet looking motor, talked to a few sales guys about their thoughts and they don't seem too impressed with the fuel numbers etc. I don't have much to share about it but thought that was interesting.
-The goose guys have a great setup once again, really close to buying some strategic lures towards the end after a few beers
-The beers were 6$ so that wasn't bad.
I could not resist the abalone strategic espadas!
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My son and I will be going tomorrow. Hopefully the snow we're getting today won't be too much of a burden on traffic to and fro.

I'm especially interested in built-in cameras and things of that sort. I'd like to mount one in the engine compartment and have it feed video to my Garmin 741xs. It would be great to see if they have any permanently mounted, thru-hull underwater cameras that are small enough to install easily. And I hope Vetus is there as well since I'm in the market for a bow thruster. I like their stuff with a lot of composite materials but also smaller units since I'll be installing it in a bowrider, not much room under the forward ski locker. But hope they're there and offering a great, show discount.

Looking forward to a fun day looking at brand new boats on a freezing, wintery Boston day is about as good as it gets!
Anyone else going tomorrow?
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-There was a brand new whaler that already sold with spider cracks on the floor right by the transom door. I asked the guy about it and said its not a problem, yeah I think if I am buying a new boat that might be an issue for me but I don't buy new boats so what do I know.
-Progressive wouldn't let me drive the rc boat so you could say I was pretty let down. Had a hot mom compliment my amazing boat handling skills last year which really got me through the rest of the winter, will not be switching to progressive after this.
-The beers were 6$ so that wasn't bad.
Now this is a review of the show!

Surprised they didn't say the powerpole caused the spider cracks.
I wouldn't switch to Progressive either, those bastards.
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