Whether you’re in the market to upgrade or looking for your first boat, The Houston Boat Show will help to keep the fires burning until you have the chance to launch your boat for the first time.

Boat shows aren’t just a fun atmosphere to walk around in; they contain all the latest gadgets and gizmos you can imagine to deck out your boat. And – the best part about a boat show is the screamin’ deals you’ll find!

Here are a few tips to help you navigate The Houston Boat Show!

Make sure to do your homework before you attend. It’s always a good idea to know what you’re looking for when you walk in. What type of boat fits your lifestyle? Will you spend a lot of time on big water? Are your preferences more toward performance and styling? Does your family spend most of the time on the water skiing, wakeboarding or tubing? Do you need storage and seating for a lot of friends and family? Have you thought about anchoring somewhere? These questions all come in to play when you’re boat shopping.

Make friends with your dealer. The feeling that you get from your dealer is almost as important as the type of boat you buy. Why? Because when it comes to getting a great deal, they play an instrumental part in the process. They are also there for anything you need after your purchase including storage and routine service. The salesperson at the booth is someone you really want to talk to and if possible, speak to the owner of the dealership. You might find out that they’re a fellow Houstonian or maybe even a neighbor. A great dealer understands that it’s not just about making a sale; it’s about maintaining a long-term relationship for return business.

Don’t just look at price – shop for value. This really is harder than it sounds because cheaper doesn’t always mean value. At just about every boat show, you will find competing prices between lines. Make sure to ask about quality construction, resale value and offers to finance.

Keep these things in mind and walk away patting yourself on the back for making the best boating decision possible! See you at the show!

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