In the spring of 2010 when we were not boat owners, we wandered the docks of the Victoria and Nanaimo Boat Shows more out of curiosity than anything else. Now that we have Syrah… things are a little different. The tales of incredible saving and once a year deals were too good to resist; we had to find out what all the hype was about! Sadly, we could not make the Seattle show but we managed to get over to Vancouver and attend our first BIG Boat Show along with just over 30,000 others!
Last year’s Olympics caused the cancellation of the Vancouver Boat Show. This year it was in the new Trade and Convention Center. Next year the show will be returning the BC Place and it promises to be a big one in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the show!
We enjoyed seeing and touching all the products we have read about and researched on the Internet. Several dealers gave us some excellent information and advice about: sails, LED lights, Yanmar engines, water makers, and electronics and we even managed to not get lost in the Nikka/Steveston shopping aisle.
Here are the dates for 2011 Boat Shows. We would love to attend them all as the information and shopping opportunities are amazing but we’ll have to wait and see what our jobs will allow!!
Jan 21 to Jan 30 - Seattle Boat Show
Feb 9 to Feb 13 - Vancouver International Boat Show
Mar 18 to Mar 20 - Anacortes Spring Boat Show
Apr 14 to Apr 17 - Strictly Sail Pacific (Oakland CA)
Apr 28 to May 1 - Victoria Harbour Floating Boat Show
June 3 to June 5 - Nanaimo Floating Boat and Marine Trade Show
End of September - Anacortes Fall Boat Show