4 things to add to your boat show schedule
You have checked the fall boat show schedule and are planning to visit some in your state. While you are surely excited to check out all of the boat models and features, attending these boat shows could have another great benefit that you haven’t really thought about. Would you like to know what this one great benefit is? Bet you do, but keep these pointers in mind first and then see if you can guess the utility before you get to the end of this post.
Seek advice at boat shows
If you go to a boat show, there is an opportunity to ask experienced boaters about the benefits of the various boat features. Are you wondering whether it is worth investing in an additional well? What about models of fishing boats that have extra-wide cast decks? When it comes to an unbiased opinion, who better to ask than other seasoned boaters? Don’t forget to include some time in your boat show schedule to hear opinions and advice from fellow boaters.
You can develop relationships with representatives from marine electronics companies, engine manufacturers, canvas companies, marine upholstery companies, and many other companies related to boating. These relationships can be useful when, for example, you need a brief introduction to using certain features of electronic navigation charts, or when you are wondering which products to use to clean your boat’s cushions.
Learn more about boat safety and other programs
You can find out about new boating and fishing programs by speaking with boat show exhibitors. For example, you can do something about the Wear It! National Safe Boating Council campaign that promotes boating and safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets; or the TrophyCatch program (an incentive-based conservation program for anglers who catch largemouth bass weighing more than eight pounds in the state and release) from Florida).
Big advantage of boat shows
After considering the points above, were you able to guess what the key benefit is? The answer is NETWORK. Don’t forget to add networking to your boat show schedule. If you are new to boating, you can use our boat comparison tool to learn more about the different types of boats you may see at a boat show.
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Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.