Hello everyone, Rick Ostler here from North American Waterway. Do you have any idea what does the month of January mean to the boating industry? January is the start of the Boat Show season across North America.
To start off the boat show season, the 2011 Atlanta Boat Show, happening January 13 – 16. The 49th annual show is located at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, NW Atlanta, GA.
I recently caught up with Boat Show Representative Sarah Ryser, and I had an opportunity to ask her a few questions about this years show;
1. What would you say is a must “how-to seminar” to take in during this year’s boat show?
We have a wide variety of free daily seminars and interactive courses for new and experienced boaters. The ‘Basics of Sonar’ by Ken Sturdivant is definitely a must. Many attendees have commented on how much they have learned from that seminar year after year.
In addition, the new sailing seminars by the Windsong Sailing Academy are expected to be a hit with sailing enthusiasts, which have been missing in recent years from the seminar lineup.
2. What has always been or will be the “most popular exhibit”?
It’s hard to qualify the most popular exhibit at Atlanta Boat Show; the majority of local boat dealers have done an exceptional job decorating their booths to enhance the shopping experience for the attendee.
However, in recent years, one of the show features, the Affordability Pavilion, has been a big hit with visitors, as it showcases boats from dealers throughout the show floor that can be financed for $250/month or less – a great stop for entry-level buyers.
The Let’s Go Fishing Center is also a popular destination at the show. You can check out What’s new in fishing with daily seminars that are no cost and the live demonstrations are great way to update and improve your fishing skills.
Features of the exhibit include:
Daily fishing seminars – Take in local professional fishing experts demonstrate how to cast along with current fishing techniques. The training will be for saltwater and freshwater fishing. Check out how you can obtain a free Berkley fishing gift, and be sure to enter the Berkley Fishing Dream Tackle Box and gear contest, valued at $350.
The 5,000 Gallon Bass Tub – This is really cool, a rare opportunity to view the reaction how fish strike using a variety of lures. The aquarium will be stocked all during the show with native fish.
Trout Fishing for Kids – kids under 12 years of age get to enjoy the catch-and-release trout fishing pond. This goes on every day at the boat show.
3. In your opinion what’s the “number 1 attraction” of this year’s show”?
A big attraction for the 2011 show is Distortion Wake Boarding Extreme Rail Jam – A high energy wake-boarding demonstration inside the convention center. The top rider’s right across the United States will perform radical wake boarding stunts and tricks using a state-of-the-art portable towing device. The demonstration will be done in an amazing landing pool filled with 30,000 gallons of water. The professional boarders are from Malibu, Ski Nautique, Mastercraft and Distortion Boarding.
4. What would be your most “frequently asked questions” about this year’s show?
The questions we usually get the most are: Where can we get tickets? Tickets can be purchased online at the boat shows website and of course onsite during the show.
Another questions we often get is: Is it really possible to buy boats for $250.00 a month range or less right at the show? Yes absolutely!
5. What is “new” at this year’s show?
What’s ‘new’ at the show? Hundreds 2011 boat models and new marine accessories, gear & technology will be for sale this year.
A must see is the amazing 42 foot Marquis Sport Bridge from Marquis Yachts. It’s making its U.S. debut in Atlanta at the show.
If you’re a sailor or would like to learn, be sure to take in the sailing seminars are also new for 2011.