Just like any other event that you plan to attend, boat shows too require a little bit of homework before you head out to marvel at all those shiny yachts you’ve been anxious to see. Whether you are looking to buy your dream boat at the next show or are just curious to see what is new in the market, navigating boat shows can get tricky and overwhelming. Make sure you don’t end up exhausting yourself or wasting the day by following these top tips on how to go about attending boat shows:
Check the venue, time and tickets in advance
Regardless of how far out or close by a boat show is being held, you want to make sure you know exactly where the venue is, what time it starts and what the various ticket prices are. Some boat shows also have VIP tickets where visitors are allowed to come in at a special time or day and get some extra attention from dealers and even get to avail special deals. If you are planning to purchase a boat at this show, you may want to pay a little extra to get a VIP ticket and benefit from its special perks. Purchasing a ticket well in advance also helps you skip long lines and perhaps get a discounted entry too!
Make a priority list
Although you might be interested in seeing every type of boat, yacht and merchandise a show has to offer, you need to make a priority list that helps you organize your visit. If there is a specific kind of boat you are interested in, make sure to see those first. You should take your time to compare models, see what features come with it and also take a tour inside if permissible. Once you have seen what you were mainly interested in, you can take the rest of the day, or days, to stroll around and look at other vessels leisurely without worrying about missing out on anything.
Make sure you’re dressed for the occasion
It’s nice to look the part when you’re going to be walking between extravagant yachts all day but what’s more important on such a day is dressing practically. Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes and keep the weather in mind if you’ll be outdoors. Wear shoes that you can take off easily as most vendors would be asking you to remove them before you enter their boat for a tour.
Don’t come under pressure
You might feel that since you are at a boat show surrounded by so many attractive deals, you must decide there and then. If you still need time to make up your mind, don’t feel pressured into finalizing a deal. Collect business cards, talk to vendors, take pictures and review special features and then take the next few days or weeks deciding until you’re sure about what you want.
If you want to know about Treasure Coast Boat Shows and how to plan for them, call our experts at South Florida Yachts and we will be happy to guide you!