Have YOUR Boat Show GAME PLAN ready! Heading to a boat show? The 10th Annual South Shore IN Water Boat Show at the Hingham Shipyards is April 27-29th. The best way to enjoy and get the most out of any boat show is to be prepared. Aside from catching up with old friends, meeting new ones and chatting about new products and great destinations.... if you are looking to upgrade, downsize or find a new boat, think about how to make it the best experience for you and your family whenver you attend a show. Here's some helpful hints:
PARKING? DIRECTIONS? Do your homework before arriving. Most boat shows all have an official web page complete with everything you need to know about directions, parking and restaurants, as well as participating dealers, exhibitor lists and more. Here’s the link for the upcoming South Shore IN Water Boat Show: http://www.hinghamshipyardmarinas.com/Boat-Show.html
WHEN YOU ARRIVE: Save wasted steps and take a moment to stop and get an overview. Locate the docks, additional displays, and if you have children with you - now is the time to point out a meeting point in case you get separated. And for young children, consider having them wear their life jacket while walking the sometimes crowded docks.
WHY CHAT WITH A YACHT BROKER? Ask yourself some questions before arrival: Do you want a day boat or an overnight boat? New, used, custom build? Staying onboard for a few days or a few weeks? How many guests will you usually have onboard? Galley up, mid level or galley down? Do you enjoy water sports or fishing; want sun and shade options...what is on the "MUST HAVE" list and what is on the "COULD HAVE" list? THEN be open to discussing that with the broker onboard. A professional Yacht Broker should not only be able to ANSWER questions but be able to ASK the right questions - and offer options you may not have considered. An excellent broker has resources and experiences to help you make the best choice. The Yacht Brokers Association of America offers great information for recreational boaters including a list of the brokers who are members of YBAA and a list of the brokers who are CPYB - Certified Professional Yacht Brokers. Check out their page for this and other great resources http://ybaa.com/aws/YBAA/pt/sp/boaters_home
RIGHT? LEFT? Save wasted steps by starting at one point and working your way through the displays. Zig Zagging can wear you out and mean you miss products you may not be aware of. Enjoy it all - the more information you have, the better decision you can make!
24 HOURS OR..... after making your game plan, do you want to do it in one day? Or would you like to absorb what you learned the first day, enjoy a great lunch or dinner on site and have a second - or third day - to see it all? Check out the website above for dining, hours and even are lodging.
SHOES: Comfort & Style & Easy Off Comfort is key because you will be doing a lot of walking on different surfaces that may include streets, docks, ramps, grass, concrete. **Easy Off: you will be taking your shoes on and off all day to board and view various yachts, so think of what style would work best for you. Lacing and unlacing sneakers works for some, but irritates others. If you won’t be comfortable in bare feet, some wear socks, bring slippers they only use for boarding or slip on shoe covers. ***Heel alert! There are often spaces between docks and steep ramps depending on tide so flats or wedges usually work better than heels. Some bring an extra pair of shoes to change into if planning on a long day or want a dressier sandal for post boat show dining.
SHADE 1, 2 & 3: Sunscreen, Sunglasses and Shade No one wants to leave the show with a sunburn, or a headache from squinting in the sun all day or worse - have to leave early from the heat! We’re lucky to have options today and many sunscreens come in easy roll-on or packets and for the shade: what’s your favorite: visor, sunhat, cap - whatever works for you! Might be the day to add a lanyard, holder or croakie to your sunglasses for easy on/off between the docks and boat interiors so they aren't left behind, or worse, land in the water!
WATER: A refreshment stand may not always be there when you want it, carrying a small water bottle you can refill means you can have a sip of water when you need it most.
A Picture is STILL worth a thousand words.... take a photos to help you remember what impressed you so much! And, whether it’s a notebook, your smart phone, tablet.... bring something to keep notes so you can jot down what you’ve seen, items to research, plug in contact information and more.
TOTE ME: Show sponsors often give away plastic totes to carry info in, and that may work for you but sometimes those plastic handles get tiring and hot and its hard to tell your tote apart from another. Bring a tote from home, a canvas boat bag or one of those handy foldable totes if you are a collector of hand outs and like to take your time reading through info later at home, with your feet up!
SHOW ETIQUETTE: Dealers and brokers work hard to set up a boat show. Sometimes product is new OR a recently purchased boat that the owner has allowed to be displayed while the next one is on its way to the dealer. Consider treating every boat as if you owned it. Be cautious with how and where you leave your shoes, jackets, bags and respectful when handling product. If children are enjoying the show with you, be mindful that their hands are clean and depending on the style of boat, climbing a tower alone or attempting to run out on the bow unaccompanied can be dangerous and jumping on furniture and bedding damaging. When in doubt, ask the broker for assistance.
CHECK BOOK ! If there is a possibility you will buy during a show, this might come in handy if you don't want that boat to get away! Buying a completed product can mean you are on the water sooner or present you with an option to keep boating while building your custom dreamboat, - the reasons are many. If you are dealing with a reputable manufacturer with an impeccable history of customer service - a show could be the place to make your decision. A check may hold a boat for you until other financial arrangements can be made - or your credit card can be used for purchases of smaller items you can carry home or have delivered like safety equipment, accessories or clothing.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Can't enjoy the entire day or have only ba few hours to visit the show? Consider calling a broker and making an appointment time to view their display and walk the docks with them to compare options and brands. This offers you individual attention within your time frame.DID I SEE IT ALL? Did I? Did I miss anything??? Not every new or pre-owned brokerage opportunity is at the show; and as a broker, we often know of someone who is looking for a new boat but wants to sell their current boat first! Or is having a new boat built, and we know of an opportunity that will be on the horizon. Just beause you did not see it at the show, doesn't mean we can't make it happen!
WHAT DO WE DO?? We start packing brochures, displays, loading vans, moving boats into slips and scheduling staff. We prepare all year as our team constantly visits our brand facilities to see first hand every new innovation and process, we coordinate and update materials on performance, specification data, test drive new product and follow the pre-owned and brokerage market. We set up the final display, get a good night sleep and get ready to help you find the right boat for you! Professional Yacht Brokers work 24/7 to be the best they can be - traveling to factories, attending seminars, hands on training, keeping current on regulations and requirements, upcoming product announcements and more. It's their career, and a valuable broker brings experience, expertise and knowledge to a buyer and takes pride in offering the best in customer service and proper busines practices.