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tombro posted 12-31-2003 07:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for tombro   Send Email to tombro  
...yesterday, at the New York Boat Show in the Jacob Javits center. Have not been there for about 16 years, and really noticed the lack of the big boys this time. In any event, the BW fleet was well represented, from the 110 Sport to the 305 Conquest. Biggest one my family and I boarded was the 255 Conquest, sweet rig. As a new 150 Sport owner I noticed they changed the logo on the front of the console from the splashy (may I say PWC-ish looking)one on my rig to a sedate "150 Sport" in small metal letters. Would rather that look...
The other boat we took a good hard look at was the Ventura 210. If I was to move toward a more comfortable, family (uhhh...female) friendly boat, that would be the one! Beamy, deep and truly a dual purpose boat. Liked the optional FW washdown, folding rear bench seat, and the front cushioned seating. Standing outside it really showed the massive hull she has. They rigged it with a 225 Merc 4 stroke, for about 52k. Sweet! When we compared to other sister ships by different manufacturers there, the Whaler fit and finish was still the only about 6k more than some of the other pricier makes.
jaccoserv posted 12-31-2003 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
In recent years, the New York boatshow has gone from International to National, and in doing so, has watched many of the premier boatbuilders skip their show.
RonB posted 01-06-2004 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     
This was also the first time I have been to the boat show in some years, in fact the last time I went was at the NY Collesium. I can't say what big boys were missing (Hatteras? Cabo?, Enriques?) but I did see some Italian boats that went for over 500 grand. I would say those guys could be classified as big boys. As far as center consoles I think most were represented. I did not see Contender but Mako, Robalo, and Regulator were there. Grady White had a good representation of their models especially the 257 Advance which is a sharp boat. True World Marine also had their big boats there. I can't say I was dissappointed especially since I was more interested in the 25 foot and less crowd. I also got to drool over the 320 Outrage and dream. I actually didn't go in it, I just stared at it and admired, (although I did go in the 270 Outrage and did a little dreaming there too!)
tombro posted 01-07-2004 07:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
This was my first time in about 16 years being at the NY boat show. That last time, in the 80's, it was the 1st year in the Javits center. Went a bunch of times in the Colliseum, and it seemed bigger then, for some reason. I, too, am interested in the <25 foot class, so the show served it's purpose for me.
Peter posted 01-07-2004 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
The show used to be much bigger, even at the Javits Center. It used to take up two floors and they would have a 60 foot Hatteras or something like that as the "Queen of the Show". Based on the amount of complaining I heard from various exhibitors this year, exhibiting at the Javits center has become extremely expensive.

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