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JoeyP posted 09-08-2002 10:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for JoeyP   Send Email to JoeyP  
Well, I was very disappointed that there were not any Whalers in the water at the Atlantic City "In-Water" boat show this past weekend. To make matters worse, there wasn't even a 2003 Outrage or Conquest model in the dry area on display.
I did enjoy jumping on the other brand boats that were in the water. You can really make some serious comparisons on these boats when there side by side AND in the water.
dogface posted 09-09-2002 02:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for dogface  Send Email to dogface     
Any ideas why. Are the dealers in the area not interested?
LKS posted 09-12-2002 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
Didn't see ANY Whalers at the Michigan City, Ind. in-water show, either -- in or out of the water. None at all! Are there any Midwest Whaler dealers left? If so, why any thoughts as to why they aren't at the shows?
Dick posted 09-12-2002 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I can't believe a dealer not participating in an on water show.
What better way to sell a boat if you are able to pre-qualify and only take those out who are realy a potential buyer. If you can't you are only giving free boat rides at your expense with little hope of a sale, why waste the gas.

At in water shows where I have worked we allways went through the pre-qualification process, if the person was deemed a potential buyer he was taken for a demo by a salesman, during the demo the boat would be shut down and the sales process would get into high gear. The idea is to come back to the dock with a deposit check.

Some dealers feel that the cost of entering a boat show is high enough without the additional cost of demo fuel and wear and tear on the boats. Can't fault them for that.

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