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Old 01-21-2008, 01:57 PM
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So who all went to the Chicago boat show this past weekend??
Im not sure about anyone else but I was very disapointed. I felt like it was much smaller and boring than last year.
They also need to get more performance boats in there. Fountain only had 2 boats. woo hooo.
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Hey...there were 3 Fountains! Behind the clothing rack there was a fish boat w/triple 300s. I made the same mistake! Only saw the 48 and the 47!

What percentage of the boating market is really PERFORMANCE-oriented? I don't believe it's really that large...companies are going to show what they think is gonna sell...i.e. runabouts and pontoon boats and pwcs and cruisers.
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We were dissapointed in last years numbers in terms of performance builders being represented. Figured this year would be even worse.
Not the same show it used to be.
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Cig, Donzi, Fountain, Formula, Checkmate, and Baja were all represented there, albeit in relatively small numbers. Sunsation was not there this year as they no longer have a dealer in the vicinity (the podunk Clinton dealer they used last year totally blew the display), PQ is still not making boats, Black Thunder was AWOL, and Eliminator was a no show. Can't think off the top of my head what other performance dealers they used to have in the past that are no longer showing up. If you were looking for a baby poop colored Cobalt yacht this was the show to attend. The new Merc Zeus system they had on it looked like a cheap hooker next to Volvo's IPS that was on a Formula yacht.
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Kudos to Shogren for bringing babes. The 47 lightning wasn't too shabby either.

Me (after buying Chicago Powerboat Club tank top for a girl I'm seeing: ) "Yeah... She's not really happy that I'm getting a boat. I keep telling her that girls don't like boats."

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Me: "I'm not buying a fishing boat?"

Shogren girl: "But girls like to fish."

Me: "Uh, OK."


The 38 Gun was awesome... It's what whatever boat I buy wants to be when it grows up. LOL.
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Go to Miami International Boatshow. Just allow 3 days for viewing.
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I wasn't real impressed. Every year less and less performance boats.
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Got to talk Fountains with Scott Shogren and talk Cigs and Donzis with Mark Miller of GSC...
My buddy wanted to make a deal on a 353 Formula but got the run around.
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I tell ya, after walking around looking at some of the prices, I quickly remember why I like the old school 80's boats so much! Nothing against checkmates, I always liked them, but I just couldnt swallow a "boat show price" of 160k for a 30ft production boat with black motors.
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Go to Miami International Boatshow. Just allow 3 days for viewing.
Amen. A day at the convention center, a day at the on-water location, and a day to revisit things you missed the first two days at both locations. Best show I've ever been to. Can't wait to get back there in '09.
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