Posted by: Tom Keer
February 3, 2016

Tom Keer

Winter Boat Shows for the Family

Get ready for boating and fishing season at a winter boat show.

  I suspect our homes are similar during the winter.  Save for a few trips on the ice, our fishing has come to a screeching halt.  Our boats are in the yard or they’re perfectly shrink-wrapped.  It gets dark early, it’s cold, wet and windy, and cabin fever has set in.  The dogs bark non-stop, the kids are cooped up, and taxes are due very shortly.  We all need a break from the weather, the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 27, 2016

Tom Keer

Get Ready for a Winter Boat Show: February, 2016

winter boat show display

Thoughts of attending a winter boat show helped me through last week’s two feet of snow. Building snowmen, sledding and snowball fights were fun; shoveling not so much. Winter boat shows call for early ordering for spring delivery. And businesses carrying inventory are motivated to sell through their stock (think show discounts). You’ll also find deals on last year’s models, or get an opportunity to purchase a boat few people own. The efficiency of seeing…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 24, 2016

Debbie Hanson

February Boat Shows Can Teach Kids These 5 Things

Kids Learning Boat Safety

February boat shows may not be the first idea that comes to mind when planning an educational trip or weekend activity with the kids, but there are actually several good reasons to include boat shows on your list of winter learning experiences for kids. One of the largest February boat shows is the Miami International Boat Show that takes place from February 11–15, 2016. A trip to the Miami International Boat Show (or any boat…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
January 17, 2016

Debbie Hanson

Why We Love Winter Boat Shows

Pilar Miami Boat Show

Winter boat shows are one of the best ways to boost your spirits if you are a water-lover and feel as if you’re coming down with a case of cold weather crankiness. I mean think about it — you can travel to a warm destination this winter to look at all of the latest boat models or find an indoor venue that will give you the opportunity to compare a number of different boats all…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 19, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Boat Show or No?

Two-boats-happy-garage

A boat show can be a great source of information if you are in the market for a boat. For example I recently noticed that there is a power and sailboat show on December 3-6 in St. Petersburg. It will have a sailing clinic and “free children’s fishing lessons.” Unfortunately, it is in St. Petersburg, Florida and not our tiny St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania… which I guess makes more sense. Another boat information option is to…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 30, 2015

Tom Keer

Fall Boat Shows in October

Option 2

A buddy of mine attended several fall boat shows, and after a pretty good search he just texted me a picture of his new vessel. She’s sleek, she’s new, and she is gorgeous.  After test rides in numerous boats he finally took the plunge. I asked him if he needed help tricking it out and he said he was already done. How’d he do that so fast? Fall boat shows have an additional benefit in…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 16, 2015

Tom Keer

2015 Fall Boat Shows: Find Next Year’s Boats

Boat Shows

I attended my first of many fall boat shows a long time ago.  It was after I had a fishing and boating season beyond frustration, for I spend far more time working on my outboard, hull, electronics and trailer than I did on the water.  Mine was an old boat given to me by (I guess I could call him a friend), and he was desperate to get it out of his yard.  We all…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 13, 2015

Debbie Hanson

7 Reasons Why It Pays To Attend Fall Boat Shows

fort-lauderdale-boat-show

As one of the growing number of women who love boating and fishing, I’m always thinking about the most productive ways to spend my time so that I can be out on the water as often as possible while also balancing work and family commitments. I’ve found that attending fall boat shows is one of those ways because boat shows offer potential boat buyers the chance to compare, learn, network and take advantage of special…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 4, 2015

Tom Keer

The Miami International Boat Show

Miami 2

Most of you know why I’d like to be at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.  The “storm of the century” is raging outside with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, seas jacked to 20 feet, and two feet of snow that needs shoveling.  We’re only 15 years into the century but you can see why I’d like to be at the Miami Boat Show. The show is really cool.  It’s such a big…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 30, 2014

Tom Keer

Fall Boat Shows

Portland Boat Show...a boater's dream

I’m not a tire kicker but I sure act like one.  The truth is I hate to rush big decisions.  I like to take my time, consider all of the pros and cons, do a lot of research, and work out all of the fine details.  When I finally get off the dime I’m in good shape; by that I mean my hand doesn’t shake when I sign on the dotted line. Buying a new…




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