The show is, in some ways, similar to home shows or RV shows or gun shows – lots of vendors show up and fill booths with all kinds of stuff for sale. Usually, these shows are held in conventions center. But the sailboat show is held here (looking from another direction here. The setup is amazing. Boats are brought in, floating docks are secured, more boats, more docks, till all of Ego Alley and then some is full of boats. Plus there are tents and booths filling adjacent parking lots where you can buy anything and everything to fill your boating needs and desires, including financing and insurance.
There were also booths that didn’t quite fit the theme of the show.
Jewelry. OK, some of it had fish pendants, but that seemed a stretch. Still, it seems every show I’ve attended, whatever the purpose, had at least one gold-n-jewelry booth. In fact, one year we were looking as a specific item for our boat, and the rather patronizing vendor suggested that I might want to go look at the pretty sparklies while he and my husband talked all that technical mumbo-jumbo. :rolleyes: Yeah, because the WalMart watch and simple wedding band I wore suggested someone obsessed with trinkets. :rolleyes:
Cutlery – specifically CUTCO. Now, I own a full set of Cutco knives and stuff – I got it in 1975 and I do like it. I even got my daughter a started set (5 pieces which cost more than all the stuff I got way back when, but that’s another story…) And I do need to get a few table knives for replacements. But I was at a boat show, not a home and patio show. Sheesh!
Cars – Toyota Hybrids. My daughter asked why there would be a booth with Hybrids at the boat show. My husband explained it succinctly – you drive one into the water, and for a very short time, it’s a boat. Then it’s a submarine. Then it’s an artificial reef. Ergo, hybrid! Well, duh!!!
But it was a beautiful day, weather-wise, and the show wasn’t very crowded at all, considering it was a Sunday. We wandered around and dreamed our sailing dreams for about 6 hours or so, coming home with some goodies, some brochures, and some very tired feet. Can’t wait till next year…