Going to a boat show
There is no better place to go than a boat show if you are interested in boats and all of their various equipment and technology. A boat show has many different areas by manufacturers and groups that show off all of the latest and greatest stuff available to purchase. Odds are you will come across all kinds of things that you have never heard of but are very cool. You can interact with the actual manufacturers so any question you could possibly ask can be answered by the best of the best.
A boat show brings people together that have a common interest and is a great place to make new friends, join a club or become involved in an organization. The clubs and organizations vary greatly and cover everything from racing to bass fishing so no matter what your interest, you will find something perfect that you can check out. Many of these clubs are free and participate in all kinds of events that you could become a part of. If you are sick of taking the wife out sailing, join a club that sails wife free once a month!
Boat shows are great if you are interested in buying a boat too. You can see all of the new models that are going to be available soon and maybe even get a line on models that are soon to be discontinued. If they do get discontinued, you can get a brand new boat at almost a used boat cost. You can save a ton of money on these boats.
There are usually gifts, contests, and other fun stuff to do at a boat show. If you have family that likes boats, bring them along and they might find something they love. Who knows, they might just win a new jet ski or accessory! A boat show might even be that last push you need to have your spouse agree that a boat is a good idea.
Boat shows charge a fee to get in but once inside you have access to all the different booths and presentations that happen over the period of one or two days and once you pay, you can come every day usually.