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Destinations

This site is about boating in upstate NY. From the western part of the state to the Hudson River it’s all about the locations where we boat. We want to hear from you about your favorite boating destinations. Is it a town, or a great place to raft up? We want you to share your stories or ideas. Do you know of an event that we should report on, let us know.

Jan 06 2013

My wife and I took a trip to Manhattan this week to visit the NYC boat show at the Javit's convention center.  We are looking for a day boat and wanted to see what boat dealers were displaying.  We always like attending boat shows especially this time of year to see what type of new products are being introduced into the market.

The show is put on by the National Marine Manufacturers Association  (NMMA) and is sponsered by Progressive Insurance.  Most of the larger shows around the country are promoted by NMMA and Progressive.

According to NMMA 90 percent of americans live within a one hours drive of a navigable body of water.  There were 17 million boats on the water last year with 500 thousand being in NY alone.  95 percent of powerboats on the water are 26 feet or less.  75 percent of powerboats are outboard powered, boating is a middleclass lifestyle with 3 out of 4 boat owners having a household income under $100,000.  Where do you fit into those statistics?

So one of hi-lights of the show was the queen of the show, a 50 foot plus express from Prestige Yachts.  This would best be described as a european styled boat with a full beam master stateroom with two additional cabins up front.  Nice boat if this is what you are in the market for.

Introduced a year or so ago, Fred's Shed is an educational display that puts on seminars throughout the show's four days.  this years list included everything from the ability to speak one on one with a service tech, to fuel system maintenance, to fiberglass repair.

They had a pool set up to learn how to scuba dive, also a display to learn how to paddle board.  There were some other interactive displays available for visitors,  the power docking challenge for one.  You can test your navigational skills using a full size helm to steer your craft down a 20 foot "lake" to the marina and into a slip.

One of the more unusual displays was the "Queen Bee"  a 26 foot regulator which survived an unmanned trans-Atlantic voyage.  In August of 2008 a rogue wave threw fishermen Scott Douglas and his brother in-law Rich St.Pierre overboard off the coast of Nantucket.  While the pair were able to swim ashore the boat was swept away and presumed lost until earlier last year when it mysteriously washed up on shore off the coast of Spain.  The engines were intact, it's hull still seaworthy and key components including the first aid kit, radio, nautical maps and fire extinguishers remained in place.  In fact much to the amazement of the authorities and it's owners the boat had emerged with little more than a few broken latches, rust, barnacles and a slightly bruised T-Top frame.

As for our search, we were looking for a trailerable day boat, probably something no longer than 23 foot with a cuddy cabin.  We were surprised that there were very few options.  The bulk of the runabouts today are bow riders, but we did see a nice 23 foot cuddy from Crownline that was displayed by Point Breeze Marina in Saratoga Springs.

We are already thinking about a trip next year, what are your thougts on a Bus trip to next years show?

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