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Boat Show Advice

Our December newsletter highlighted upcoming boat shows in our area; Chicago’s Strictly Sail and the Grand Rapids Boat Show. In retrospect it is important to offer some additional information pertaining to these shows.

Boat show events are an opportunity for any sailor, experienced or non-, exhibitor or attendee, to learn. Exhibitors take advantage of these shows as an opportunity to communicate directly with the public and other exhibitors. They obtain first hand knowledge of the general sailor’s interests and needs, while gaining exposure to the newest in technologies and brands. The show attendee benefits from this knowledge base, as it is constantly growing and changing.

With that in mind, do not be afraid to ask questions. Questions are the catalyst for progress. Exhibitors are a wealth of knowledge and they are there to attend to your questions and needs. What an exhibitor does not have an answer for, you will find they will likely seek one out. As each and every boat is different, and each and every sailor’s needs are different, it is likely that your question will suit your situation specifically. Be sure to point out specifications, as this will affect the answers provided. An exhibitor’s answers are as good as the information provided him/her. Don’t forget businesses exhibiting are volunteering their time, they want to interact with you.

Strictly Sail’s 10th Anniversary Chicago Show, at Navy Pier, not only hosts over 250 exhibitors; they also provide seminars, prizes, and children’s activities. Mini sailboats are available for racing, and an Author’s Corner is featured, highlighting sailing’s current writers. Be sure to sign your child up for coloring and Build-A-Boat contests, and of course, Skipper, the Boat Show Dolphin, will be on hand. (He is a salt-water mascot, so handle with care.)

Strictly Sail Chicago’s Boat Show hours and rates are as follows:

Day Time Ticket Pricing
Thursday & Friday, Feb. 2nd & 3rd 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. $12.00
Saturday, Feb. 4th 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. $15.00
Sunday, Feb. 5th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $15.00
Two Day Pass Saturday & Sunday $24.00

**Children under 15 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Torresen Marine’s Strictly Sail booth, #341, will feature Service, Sailing School, Diesel Engine and Brokerage Staff to assist you. Tickets and directions to Navy Pier are available directly at Strictly Sail Chicago.

The 61st Grand Center Boat Show’s focus encompasses all forms of boats, but the sailor will find several items of interest. This year’s seminars are nearly all sailing oriented. Jack Klang, of Bay Breeze Yacht Charters and Jerry Mayfield of UK Sails will both be rendering sailing specific presentations. Seminar stages and hours are found at Grand Rapids Boat Show Seminars.

Torresen Marine’s booth is located in the Devos Place’s main ballroom, booth #710. We will have an array of small sailboats for viewing, our complete brokerage list, as well as several diesel engines. Two for one coupon’s are currently available at the Torresen Marine Ship’s Store, so stop by and pick one up.
The Grand Rapid’s Boat Show hours and ticket rates are as follows:

Day Time Ticket Pricing
Wednesday & Thursday, Feb. 15th & 16th 3 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Adults – $9.00
Friday, Feb. 17th 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Children – $4.00
Saturday, Feb. 18th 10a.m. – 9 p.m. 5 & Under – Free
Sunday, Feb. 19th 11a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Torresen Marine staff looks forward to seeing you at the shows. It is our aim to promote the sailing industry and provide you with the best and most current products available. Please stop by our booth with any questions, concerns or comments. You can even feel free to stop by just to say hello.

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