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Best part of shows: catching up with friends; Worst: attitudes


Here’s what yacht captains and crew like best about boat shows. Their thoughts tend to align with why they go to shows in the first place: to network and learn about new products and services.

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  • I like the light workload, the booths and such, being around other yachties.
  • The end.
  • The camaraderie, seeing old friends, catching up. People watching.
  • See old friends and new equipment.
  • Lots of energy. Learning about new technology and ideas.
  • The first beer after the show finally closes, closely followed by the second.
  • A great collaboration of exhibitors and easy to see what’s new; reconnect with people, peers, brokers, etc.; and generally much easier to cover a lot of bases at one venue.
  • Meeting up with old friends, brokers, captains and industry leaders.
  • Great marketplace
  • Finding and seeing friends long lost.
  • Everything is condensed in one area for 4-5 days.
  • Getting closer to manufacturers.
  • Getting new ideas.
  • The gathering of like minded people, seeing the standards of the other vessels.
  • Always learn something new … service, new supply, maintenance products, etc. 
  • Seeing old shipmates and friends that I may only see once a year. Talking to vendors about ongoing issues.
  • FLIBS and the sheer size. I like to walk amongst those that have to work and enjoy watching and seeing how people act. Who thinks they are very important, who is bored, who went over the top to display the yacht and mostly to walk around the vendor tents to see the newest and greatest.
  • The social atmosphere
  • Different type of work environment: easy because owners/guests are not on.
  • I enjoy showing off the fruits of our labors. It really is nice to hear the compliments and praise.


And here’s what they like the least about boat shows.

  • Leaving, because of the crazy traffic. Long hours with little to do. Getting rained on. 
  • The hours of boredom.
  • The heat, the weekend crowds, the tire kickers.
  • The same questions every 5 minutes.
  • The disorganization and lack of communication of brokers in general. If we all have the same target to grow the industry and have happy clients, we need to work together.
  • Lots of disingenuous behavior, especially by yacht brokers.
  • The disrespect some people have for the yachts.
  • They can be quite busy and exhausting, particularly if you do the European shows and you have to use public transport, head to the breakfast briefings, do the show and then attend the evening social events. Makes for long, long days and stressful times meeting rail schedules, etc. Otherwise, once you’ve done them a few times you know what to expect and you just have to cope with the impediments and the benefits of attending.
  • Nowhere to sit down and rest.
  • Parking is too expensive.
  • Public days.
  • Crowds … don’t like crowds
  • Snobby brokers.
  • Food areas … way too small, or at least the seating areas are. And children running amok.
  • Owners living aboard during the show. (Give me a break.)
  • “Sales” people who are too busy on their phones or telling fish stories to co-workers, and lack of product knowledge. Or just being rude.
  • The non-yacht-related crap. Beef jerky?
  • Some stupid brokers that have no right even showing boats.
  • The fakey fakiness of it all. Tired of it, but it is necessary that we have them to keep the industry alive and ticking.
  • The moms with strollers. Really? Strollers on a 6-foot-wide dock?
  • The rude people.
  • Washing the boat while it’s still dark in the morning
  • Arrogant people.
  • Drunken new yachties, only there for the parties.
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