If you’re in the market for a new boat, right now is the time to get one. It’s the off season, which means that boat manufacturers are offering deep discounts in order to move old inventory. Retailers want to get rid of their surplus in anticipation of spring, and boat shows are the place for you to find those deals.
January features more than 45 boat shows across the nation. Here is just a partial list of shows to whet your appetite.
Week of January 3, 2010
Novi, Michigan: Ultimate Fishing Show, January 7 – 10
Belton, Texas: Central Texas Boat Show, January 8 – 10
Houston, Texas: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show, January 8 – 17
Lake Charles, Louisiana: Central Gulf Coast Boat, Sport & RV Show, January 8 – 10
Raleigh, North Carolina: Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo, January 8 – 10
Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Toronto International Boat Show, January 9 – 17
Week of January 11, 2010
Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show January 13 – 17
Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta Boat Show January 13 – 17
Austin, Texas: Austin Boat Show January 14 – 17
Des Moines, Iowa: Des Moines Boat Sports and Travel Show, January 14 – 17
Denver, Colorado: Denver Boat Show, January 15 – 17
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Boat Show, January 15 – 24
Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show January 15 – 24
Week of January 18, 2010
Louisville, Kentucky: Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow, January 20 – 24
New York, New York: New York Boat Show, January 20 – 24
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Minneapolis Boat Show, January 20 – 24
Port Charlotte, Florida: Charlotte County Boat Show, January 21 – 24
Naples, Florida: Naples Boat Show, January 21 – 24
If you don’t see your town on the list, visit the About.com site to see all 45 shows in January and find one near you.
Make sure you do some homework before you head off to buy a boat. Boat shows are a great place to try out different boats, but you need to know ahead of time what the particular boats you’re looking at are going for. Sometimes, dealers may not offer much of a discount at a show, and you can’t always assume you’re getting the best deal at a show, just because that’s where many of the best deals are at.
You can sometimes find insurers at boat shows, as well, who can give you quotes right then and there on boat insurance for your new purchase.
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