Boat shows are huge productions, giving buyers the amazing opportunity to shop a large variety of boat options, all in one place! For instance, the Miami International Boat Show is a yearly event that will take place from February 14 to 18 this year. As the world’s largest boat and yacht event, this show will allow viewers to board different types of watercraft to determine the right fit for their needs. It also gives manufacturers like us at Carolina Skiff a platform to showcase our 2024 lineup and introduce new models.
Not only that, but shows like MIBS offer several educational programs, both on the water and in the classroom, which can be beneficial for new and old boat owners alike.
Boat Show Buying Perks
Boat shows bring a competitive environment for dealers, which buyers can take advantage of. With a lot of traffic, many dealers are authorized to make “show-only” deals while on the exhibit hall floor. This could allow you to score a great discount on the vessel you’ve been eying!
The varied options and sheer amount of dealers at a boat show allow you to thoroughly explore options and find the right fit for your specific needs. Boat shows allow for a great in-person experience, letting you experience seating arrangements and see the different amenities up close and in action.
Some shows, like the upcoming Miami International Boat Show, also offer on-water experiences. The Miami Show will be held at six locations, the Miami Beach Convention Center, Pride Park, Herald Plaza, Venetian Marina, Museum Park Marina, and Superyacht Miami at Yacht Haven Grande Miami. The family-friendly programming will give you the opportunity to not only explore boats on the floor, but see them in full action on the water.
Boat Show Buying Drawbacks
You won’t see a lot of used boats at a boat show, so it might be a little difficult to compare models if you aren’t in the market for something that’s brand new. With a used boat, you can often get more for your money, and secure some upgrades that you might not be able to afford in a new vessel. There’s some peace of mind that can come with knowing you aren’t going to put the first scratch on your boat, and some of the initial bugs could be worked out before you’re the one to place the boat on the water.
At a lot of shows, sea trials are impossible. But this fact is changing for some shows, such as the upcoming Miami event. There is nothing like experiencing a boat in action, so impulse buying at a show without on-water access can be a big downfall.
A new boat purchase is a very personal experience, and there are no right or wrong ways to go about it. For some, the ability to see so many options is exhilarating and helps with a purchase, for others, the size and options presented in a boat show can be completely overwhelming.
Tips for Buying at a Boat Show
Before you head onto the show floor set a laser focus on your needs. Know your budget and the brands that you want to see in person, and take the time to chat with dealers to learn more about any special offers they might be able to give as a “show-only” deal.
Make sure you have a good idea of the type of water your boat will be on, and discuss this openly with the dealers so your needs are met. Don’t get caught up in the excitement, instead remember the details.
It is imperative that you remember your needs for your boat trailer, not just the vessel itself, making sure it is a good fit for both your vehicle and the boat. While this might seem like an afterthought on the show floor, it Is a huge part of the delivery process and should be discussed upfront.
Boat show timing is usually set to show off the newest models, so head to shows earlier in the season if you can. The first quarter of the new year usually brings a good stock of boats, so you’ll get delivery sooner and also have better access to upgrades and features that might delay delivery in the latter part of the year.
If you aren’t able to purchase at the show, a boat show experience will help you build a direct relationship with a dealer for a future purchase. Make sure you collect cards and exchange information.
Join Us At MIBS 2024
A lineup of Sea Chaser and Carolina Skiff boats will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show 2024. Our knowledgeable dealers will be on the floor and fully available to answer your questions. Come see all the new models, and take advantage of special pricing offers so that you are ready to hit the water at the beginning of the season. On-water training, classroom education, and VIP experiences are all available, so get your tickets now to see us there!
At Carolina Skiff, building one of the best quality boats for a great price has always been our goal. Whether you’re looking for a pleasure boat, fishing boat, runabout, or commercial/work boat, Carolina Skiff delivers the most in value, quality, and style. Find a Carolina Skiff dealer near you today, or visit our website to learn more.