so the boatbuilders show is coming up in a few weeks and was wondering who all of you were going to go to it. I was on the website and see that neither Flowers boatshop or SW boatworks are listed as going to be there, which is a bummer as i wanted to talk to both of them. Travis are you guys gonna be there, or just to look around?? Maine maritime is having a rummage sale as well, hopefully i can find some good stuff for the boat!
ah ha, im guess by that comment its more of a yuppy boatshow than a commercial kind of show, that would be a bummer. ive never been before, i was hoping it would be pretty interesting. are there any shows geared mostly towards commercial stuff?
What flavor of commercial show? The Fisherman's Forum is coming right up, I would love to see a commercial aspect only show appear but I think the truth of the matter is that the people who would attend are the same people who would be out there making their money. Enter: The Yuppies
Boat builder show isn't bad, don't get me wrong. Lots of interesting things to see, and if you happen to be traveling with a blonde who is ga-ga over sailboats by all means take them in.
when and where is the fishermans forum? i agree, it would be awesome to see all the commercial boat builders and supplier get together under one roof, but who knows if thatll ever happen. if you get to busy with that repower, im sure i can find some time to take a blonde to the boat show!!
I've visited most boat shows on the east coast at one time or another over the last several decades. I've visited all the New England shows pretty much without a miss. The history is that DE designers, builders and finishers never exhibit at boat shows. The exceptions were (as I recall years later) that Young Brothers and Duffy would occasionally have a table at Fish Expo but they brought with them little more than photos (I don't recall literature being available). There must be an association of sorts for builders from the Maritimes because they would typically make a strong appearance which would include boats on site.
Regards the Portland show, I think that its a great one. There are some remarkable builds in wood to be ogled over. There will be foundries that cast an extensive line of bronze and stainless hardware. The first time that I ever saw ATC Core Cell was at a booth in this show. There's much more and the fact is that you'll likely see as many downeasters at the show as you will at Samoset (i.e., not many).