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nydealer posted 11-21-2004 10:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for nydealer   Send Email to nydealer  
We are starting to organize a Whaler Event in NY for next season. I was wondering if anyone has organized an event and has any suggestions. What type of activities did you have and how did you run them. I would also be interested in input from anyone who has attended an event. What did you like and dislike from the event.
gimcrack225 posted 11-22-2004 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
The big problem as I see it is selecting a location.
New York is a big place. Comprising Long Island Sound, the Hudson river, the New York Harbor, etc.
Most would-be organizers see where they live as the logical spot for the rendezvous. Perhaps this is as it should be.
In the several years that I have been on the forum I have not heard of one NY event getting off the ground.
My suggestion would be you pick the spot and the date publicize it and see what happens instead of trying to get everyone to agree on a spot for the Grand Mega Raftup.
I would travel by boat to an event anywhere in the Hudson, New York harbor, the Long Island Sound on either the Connecticut Coast or the north Shore of Long Island probably as far east as Port Jefferson. The Ocean side of Long Island would be too far.
Spots that I like: Thimble Islands, Captain's Island, Lloyds Neck, Eatons Neck, Sandy Hook, Great Kills
nydealer posted 11-22-2004 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for nydealer  Send Email to nydealer     
Sorry I didn't specify. Upstate area in the Finger lakes. We are 5 hours from the city. This will be put on as a event by a dealer not an individual if there is a difference.
David Jenkins posted 11-22-2004 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
If you could have the Boston Whaler company loan you the boat that is cut in half then you would have a lot of people who would want to have their picture taken while sitting in the boat.

Another interesting activity would be to see how many people could stand in a swamped Whaler before it started to go under. That would make for a great group photo and would provide the kind of publicity that generates sales.

nydealer posted 11-22-2004 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for nydealer  Send Email to nydealer     
We have a 130 Sport half boat with a 9.9 merc. The swamp capacity is a good idea. What type of activities for every one have there been.
The Judge posted 11-23-2004 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
I have organized about 1/2 dozen but never for a dealer. Lots of beer and giveaways is ALWAYS a plus. Have some Factory reps there if you can and make sure they bring a bunch of giveaways for you. Get an electronics vendor as well(Lorance, Garmin, etc?) to help with cost. If you sell other types of engines, have a rep, if only Merc make sure they are there.

Been to 3 dealer events, this one and Sarasota(sponsored by Whaler) were the to the ones I threw of course;)

Moe posted 11-23-2004 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Order event t-shirts by size on registration form, and specify registration must occur by a certain date to get one. A few extras would be good.

Door prizes, consisting of Whaler memorabilia (caps, key chains, etc) with a few real good ones, like handheld VHF, etc. Whaler corporate, local West Marine, etc. might help with some of these.

Activities, like a poker run, fishing tournament, and even perhaps a scavenger hunt on Saturday. I like the sink a Whaler event :-)

Hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and draft beer on Friday night as boats arrive, sit-down catered food and draft beer on Saturday night. Wine-in-a-box if you're outside, want to get fancier, but not deal with broken glass. Having a big tent for rain contingency is a thought. Or you could think restaurant, if the marina has one or there's one nearby.

Make marina reservations for attendees registered on-time, preferably as together or close to the event as possible. Get a few extra slips for late registrants.

If marina doesn't have gas and ice, provide xeroxed charts to places that do.

Have a service guy and large tow vehicle on hand for those who experience trouble, or need ground transportation.

Those are a few thoughts for now.


2manyboats posted 11-23-2004 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for 2manyboats  Send Email to 2manyboats     
boy was I suppose to do all that ?
kingfish posted 11-23-2004 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I was thinking the same thing - I'm tired already...
BB62Ding posted 11-24-2004 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for BB62Ding  Send Email to BB62Ding     
Center the event around a "Boston" theme.

Sam Adams beer
Lobster rolls
Steamed Clams
"Fenway" franks
Boston baked beans
Boston cream pie

I do realize that this might not fly in "Yankee" country....... Especially after this past fall!

Moe posted 11-24-2004 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
This is a dealer-sponsored event, and as such, represents a business as well as Boston Whaler as a corporation. The level of service and organization at the event say a lot about the business.

It doesn't have to, and probably shouldn't, be "free." Having non-refundable, after a certain date, paid registration helps ensure sufficent resources are available, while minimizing the odds of wastefully over-providing them.

The dealership can price attendance to make a profit, break even, or only offset some of the total cost, writing the rest off to advertising. The last will probably generate the most goodwill.


prxmid posted 11-24-2004 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for prxmid  Send Email to prxmid     
Chesapeake Whalertown in Annapolis and Glen Burnie Maryland, put on a great even last summer in conjunction with the factory reps. Perhaps they could help with ideas
kamie posted 11-25-2004 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
your best bet is to talk directly to Whaler. They did partner with Whalertowne this year for the tea party and for the ticket to ride event they just held. You may want to talk to Rick at whalertowne for some suggestions.

You need to advertise and get your event posted on whalers web site and the best is to offer rides on some of the boats along with the food and prizes.

Good luck

jimh posted 12-03-2004 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Demonstration rides are a big attraction.
Moe posted 12-03-2004 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Absolutely! I was really impressed at not only the ride of the 240 Outrage Mr. Killinger brought to our Orange Beach gathering, but the quietness of the Verado on its transom.

Demo rides on a Verado-equipped Whaler should be a big hit, since many of us have yet to experience one.


kamie posted 12-05-2004 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
I didn't go out on a Whaler with Verado's on the back but did have them turn over the engines just to hear how quiet they were. It's amazing, you really can't tell that they are running, reminds me of sitting next to a Prius at a stop light. Demo rides are such a big hit I have heard rumors that Whalertowne is going to do a spring event much like the fall Ticket to Ride. It seems that getting a ride caused lots of folks to open the ole check book.

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