BOAT SHOW GAME PLAN: What do WE bring and what do YOU bring? Our team at Boston Yacht Sales is gearing up for the Newport International Boat in Newport, Rhode Island September 13-16. We look forward to boat show season: we meet new people, catch up with old friends and chat with everyone about new product, great destinations and, well....everything boating. There’s plenty we do to prepare AND there’s plenty you can do to make your experience the best it can be.
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.
***And this year we have TWO debuts: The Princess Yacht V60 makes her North American debut at the show AND Back Cove Yachts unveils their FIRST new ouboard the 34o - this along with our usual amazing line up Sabre and Back Cove Yachts. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to date photos all the time!
What could you do? Here’s a handy checklist and if you have any additions, whether a seasoned boater or a newcomer, don’t hesitate to send them to us at [email protected] so we can include them in upcoming boat show blogs: every suggestion helps make the experience better for all of us! We suggest considering the following:
RIGHT? LEFT? WHICH DOCK OR TENT? Do your homework before arriving. The major boat shows all have an official web page complete with everything you need to know about arrival, directions, parking, exhibitor lists and more. Here’s the link for Newport: http://www.newportboatshow.com
Use the guide to find the displays you are interested in and save wasted steps by making a general plan before arrival. If you know there are specific brands you are interested in, or want to shop with your broker, contact owner/broker Michael Myers and make a VIP appointment 781-264-5474
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 dinner in Newport, and have a second - or third day - to see it all? Check out the website above for dining, lodging and multi day passes.
NEW? PRE OWNED? TYPE? Ask yourself some questions before arrival: bounce ideas around with family members, friends or boaters you may know. Can you narrow your search a bit before you hit the show? Do you want a day boat or an overnight boat? 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...THEN be open to answering questions from your broker AND to consider the options they might present. A good broker has resources and experiences to help you make the best choice and should offer good questions for you to consider.
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, shuttles, water taxis and more.
**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 and into evening, or want a dressier sandal for evening events.
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 ( or even a cloudy day can bring a sunburn) 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!
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, what you may want to research more, 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, backpack 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!
CHECK BOOK ! If there is a possibility you will buy during a show, this might come in handy, as some manufacturers offer boat show specials. 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 for purchases of smaller items you can carry home or have delivered like safety equipment, clothing, water games!
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. A family business for over 60 years, we work hard to find the right #boat4you.
See you in Newport!!
Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM
One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country and the premier in-water show in the northeast! 13 acres of Newport’s famed waterfront with all makes and models of powerboats and sailboats ranging from 16 ft. to 85 ft. ---ready for boarding and review. On land you’ll find an array of marine products and services to enhance the boating lifestyle. Domestic and international dealers and manufacturers will be there to answer to all your questions. For complete details please visit: