A bunch of boats at a marina.

Whether you’re looking to buy a new boat or you just want to soak in the latest models, boat shows are a thrilling experience for boat-lovers. If you’re about to attend one for the first time, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite tips so you can get a sense of what to expect.

What is a Boat Show? 

Boating shows are an exhibition bursting with boats and boating accessories for you to peruse and purchase! Boat show season typically runs January through March and can be a great place to get your feet wet. While some shows are international and quite extensive, they can also be more intimate, occurring in a local mall or parking lot. These shows are an excellent way to learn more about boats, especially if you’re looking to own. 

How to Prepare

Even if you’re simply going for fun, you want to plan ahead. Grab a map of the show and decide what your priorities include. These popular shows tend to get crowded, especially on the weekends. Going in with a plan helps ensure you hit everything on your list. 

If you’re going to purchase a boat, make sure you’ve done your research ahead of time. Think about your individual needs: are you looking for a fishing boat or more of a recreational vessel? And consider the body of water you’ll be in most of the time. Those two things can make a difference when it comes time to find your ideal boat. 

(Still not quite sure what boat is right for you? This finder is a helpful tool.) 

Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, do some price comparisons and create your budget. You want to do this before you arrive so you can make the best use of your time and negotiate for the best deals. 

Our biggest recommendation: wear comfortable, easily removable shoes. Depending on the size of the show, you may be walking a lot and oftentimes you’ll be asked to remove your shoes before touring boats.

Negotiating at a Boat Show 

One of the exciting parts of a boat show is that sellers are looking to get rid of their inventory which means one thing: there’s plenty of deals! The average boat show discount can range from 10%-30%, depending on various factors.

If you end up finding your dream boat, it’s in your best interest to negotiate. Take the time to get to know your dealer, and ask what they can do for you. Remember, the stronger your stance, the more likely they are to accommodate it.  

As you talk to a dealer, it’s okay to tell them this is your first boat show. They’ll be able to communicate more effectively, and they might even offer tips of their own.

Get Ready for a Brand New Ride

We wish you all the best as you explore the exciting world of boat shows. If you do end up with a new ride, be sure to shop Smooth Moves Boat Seat Suspension Systems. Trust us—once you have your new boat, you’re going to want to spend as much time in it as possible. Our seats will help your boating days last longer while eliminating aches and pains that can come along with rough waters.

Smooth move Ultra with Box Mount