The Los Angeles Boat Show, the premier boating show of the West Coast, is rapidly approaching. The Show, running February 25th to February 28th, will take place at two separate venues. The main location, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, features hundreds of boats as well as educational seminars, equipment displays and family fun activities. The second venue is at Marina Del Rey’s Chace Park and has an in-water boat show plus hands-on instruction. Free transportation is available between the two destinations. The show, expected to draw over 18,000 attendees, has something for everyone.
One of the best things about the LA Show is that it highlights the fact that there are boats for all types of buyers and all price ranges. Boats as small as 12’ to ones with costs near $1.000,000 show the variety of vessels available. In addition there are how-to seminars running all day focused on new and improved electronics available to boaters of all budgets.
The show also features destination boating, focusing on boating across the US and throughout the world’s oceans and ports. At the Convention Center show participants will be able to climb aboard boats to 30’. At Chace Park, boats to 60’ and more are available for viewing.
One very new and certain to be one of the most popular attractions will be the “Floating Theater”. Participants will be able to set in an aquatic environment and enjoy the media programs running throughout the day. This should be particularly attractive to families who have brought their kids to the show and really want them to have a great time. It should become quickly apparent that the show is catering to all types of families, not just a wealthy elite. And with the Kid’s Zone, guests of all ages will want to participate in the activities.
When you are at the show you should check out what is new in equipment for 2016. Here are some key areas to focus on:
· Marine engines – Today’s engines are far more fuel efficient than those in the past. Even over the last two years engines have gotten quieter and perform better than their predecessors.
· Electronics – An item as “new” as AIS has come down in price so it can be placed on almost any vessel. They can be hard-mounted or attached to a lap-top computer. These used to be considered “nice to have”. Now most operators consider them essential.
· The rise of pontoon boats. These stable platforms meet the needs of all types of boaters. From families seeking a steady ride to fishermen wanting a large deck area, these boats fit needs across the spectrum.
In many respects the LA Boat Show is like a large auto-mall. In one place you can experience different sizes, different models, and different price points. And with the free shuttle between venues, it is easy to compare boats on land and in the water. Being able to touch and feel over 100 boats in a day is a major accomplishment for serious buyers.
For a person taking a significant other to the show for the first time, the emphasis is really on the family activity. Family activities for all ages can be found at both sites. In addition, many of LA’s famous Food trucks will be at the Marina Del Rey location for high quality eating experiences.
For sailors, the Marina Del Rey venue also features SAILFest, one of the West’s best in-water sailboat shows. This is a chance for cruisers and sailors to walk around over 50 sailboats while they are in the water. In addition, sailing lessons will be given by licensed captains during Saturday and Sunday’s activities.
Going to this once a year show is one of the best opportunities for the prospective buyer to make intelligent judgments about boats.
For more information, go online to http://www.losangelesboatshow.com/