Everyone loves a boat show. And why wouldn't they? There are beautiful boats, lots of different foods, entertainment, and usually sunshine. And compared to an Orlando attraction, the cost is reasonable. No wonder boat shows are such a popular family outing.
But while they may be great entertainment, they’re a less-than-ideal way to shop for a boat. Oh, you’ve got plenty of boats in one place, but actually getting aboard them can be really aggravating. If you find one you like, you've got to stand in line, fill out a prospect card, wait for a salesperson, and then, maybe, you might get ten minutes for your tour. If you're really lucky, your salesperson will answer all of your questions; if not, you'll have to content yourself with "I’ll get back to you on that." And if, after enduring this process for a number of boats, you decide on one and want to go back for a second look—well, sorry. You've got to go back to the end of the line.
Then there's the sea trial. If you manage to convince a salesman you're worthy of one and the boat can actually get out of her slip and into clear water, you'll probably be accompanied by a half-dozen other "hot prospects." And wheel time? Don’t count on it.
Is this any way to shop for something with a six-figure-plus price? You get more attention at a car dealership!
The basic idea of the boat show—having a bunch of boats in one place where buyers can compare them—is great. The problem is that boat shows have gotten too big. You can spend hours just finding a boat. What we need is a boat show just for boat buyers.
Well, that’s why PMY has created an invitation-only event matching top builders with PMY readers who’ve told us they’re ready to buy a boat. The event, called The Yacht Collection, is restricted to 300 people, so there’ll be no crowds. Each couple is assured of getting as much time alone on the boats of their choice as they want and of being able to come back as many times as they desire. Moreover, they’ll be talking not to harried, overworked salespeople, but to executives, designers, engineers, and marketing people able to answer even the most obscure question. They’ll even get to meet the PMY editors and discuss any topic they desire.
And if that isn’t enough, the event will take place in one of the world’s most revered yachting venues: Newport, Rhode Island. It will occupy the famous Newport Harbor Marina from June 14 to June 17. There’ll also be first-class entertainment, such as harbor and mansion tours and a gala dinner at the incredible Marble House Mansion. Can you imagine a more civilized, enjoyable way to shop for your next boat?
If you’d like more information on this exclusive event, log on to Yacht Collection at Newport or call The Yacht Collection concierge at (866) 922-4889. You may never have to fight for a spot on your next boat again.
—Capt. Richard Thiel, Editor-In-Chief
This article originally appeared in the May 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.