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    Posted: 05 May 2017 at 11:56am
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Probably should have posted this in the Briny Bar or Boat Shed but I'm a Newbie so here we are.

This Boat Show is being advertised heavily in Auckland at present and I'm getting keen to take a day off and go along. I keep entering the Radio Live text lottery to try and win a ticket. (No luck so far).

Never been to one before and so I have no idea what to expect.

Presumably boats and boatie stuff and maybe fishing stuff?

Is is all High-end Boating and Big Game fishing or is there room for newbs and small fry like me to justify a day out?

I note the Haynes Hunter dealer in Auckland is having their own 'event' that weekend so I guess they're not also at the show as well.

I'm looking at a small second-hand tinny for next summer and accessories will be in my mind. I doubt small 2nd-hand boats are a feature.

Fishing gear too...

Are there 'good deals' and 'show specials' or is it all a case of 'if you have to ask you can't afford it' ??

I'm hoping the exhibitors won't mind newbie questions.

Like I say, I really have no idea what to expect, parking etc. Any input is welcome. Thanks.


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Mostly new boats, and the second hand ones they have tend to be in the "if you need to ask" category.  But nice to drool over all the fancy boats, will also give you a chance to look at lots of different makes and styles of boat which may be helpful when you are looking for a second hand boat.  There is a large hall full of fishing gear, but genuine bargains are hard to find.  Make sure you take your phone and check prices online before purchasing anything expensive, boat show deals aren't always the best deals available.  As a beginner I'd definitely recommend getting to some of the seminars that run in the fishing hall, some really knowledgeable people there to share good info. 
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Cheers Kev. Seminars sound interesting! πŸ‘
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Yep its a good day out.. I find the week days are best thu
  Bargains, well going on the last 5 or so yrs.. the odd thing, like a certain braid, rod or reel, hooks boat pole type of thing.
Could pick up a good  ,show' deal on some expensive stuff.. a boat or trailer , high end gps sounder..  But most of the good deals are matched or better by smart marine/ marine deals/ fullon in the couple weeks leading up to the show.

 But like all hows, be it Kumeu car show, the Concourse, go every yr for a few yrs, same old...except the boat show a few new models of boats etc to dream over.

Yep will be going again
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The Boat Show is great. Some bargains, plenty of dreaming, plenty of something for everyone. I prefer weekdays. It's also a great way to catch up with fishing buddies too.


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Not all high end shiny things at all.
Lots of regular practical stuff but from my recent experience don't expect everything to be half price cause most of it isn't. That said it's a good day out and a great way to get out of doing the lawns πŸ˜„πŸ‘
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Thanks for replies chaps. I'm looking forward to it now. Weekday it is!
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Had a proper look at the website last night. (Don't know why I didn't think of that before?) She looks a pretty big job! Might be a two day excursion so I'm going today and maybe tomorrow,
See ya there!
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Met Mark Kitteridge and Nik Key when I took a subscription to Fishing News.
Hall 1 somewhat overwhelming for a Newbie.
Only made it through Halls1-3 so am going back today.
Huge walkabout/talkabout session in store.
No giveaways or stickers except Maritime NZ safety stuff. Well done them!
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Originally posted by Foxtrot Oscar Foxtrot Oscar wrote:

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Met Mark Kitteridge and Nik Key when I took a subscription to Fishing News.
Hall 1 somewhat overwhelming for a Newbie.
Only made it through Halls1-3 so am going back today.
Huge walkabout/talkabout session in store.
No giveaways or stickers except Maritime NZ safety stuff. Well done them!

Did you find the exhibitors helpful for newb questions?
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Yes OB. The exhibitors were very, very accommodating to me as  newbie with my questions. I started every conversation (if necessary) with something like "I'm pretty new to fishing (and don't own a boat) but can you help me with... " 

Most staff on stands welcomed the opportunity to impart knowledge and advice. No 'bagging' of competitors which was nice.
I found the exhibitors from Australia, in particular, very pleasant to engage and so I thanked each one I spoke with for making the effort to travel and attend the show.

More (and better) give-aways on Day 2 from Halls 6, 5, 4 mostly from Government and 'official' exhibitors such as MPI, Fish-Hooked Bird Care lady ('How to care' stickers) , Submarine Cable Awareness guy (Free charts), DOC, Harbourmaster. Coastguard and Maritime NZ had VHF channel stickers.  Trojan Trailers chaps very generous with bottle openers, pens, stickers. 
Bought 3 back-issues of Alloy Boat magazine and received free current issue and free spray bottle of Salt Away. Sweet.

LegaSea guys were patient with comprehensive answers to my queries and I now am a supporter of them (That was one target on my list - To meet LegaSea and try and get my head around their raison d'etre. Thanks and stand up Josh Barclay!)

I subscribed to Fishing News, joined Coastguard, enrolled for VHF course and bought some new softbaits from Z-Man.

Seminars were short and sweet. But much info was gleaned from talking to the presenters afterwards and all had time for me. Thanks especially to Dan & Josh from Ocean Angler and again to Mark Kitteridge who I hijacked for a 1 hour personal tutorial on SB technique. (Great guy!!)

DB had samples of their Lemon Bitter which is very palatable and you get to recycle the bottle into the 'Sand' machine. Amazing!

The selection of tackle was daunting. (For me). You have to know exactly what you want and this was not the place to buy rods/reels for a Newbie. Better to go to my local shop and get hands-on with various budget-based options. It was easy to get carried away with the euphoria and 'fish-tosterone' in the air. Unless you knew exactly what you wanted and the price was clearly a bargain... (Like 3 packs of Z-mans for $16 !)

Bargain of the day is to be had at the Harbour-Masters stall. Free floating key-ring ($3.00 everywhere else) and a free Prop Flag. PLUS free instruction on how to service your inflatable life-jacket. This is something I perceived as daunting from reading the instructions but am now confident to attempt after washing the PFD more regularly. (Check your gas bottles for corrosion chaps!)
Also free charts with speed restrictions and 'No Anchoring' marked.

I spent a long time comparing various Chart-plotter/Sounder brands and models. (Likewise on the VHF radio selection). So much to know here it's a topic for further research but I must say I know heaps more now than two days ago.

The one stand I didn't feel welcome was Honda. Anybody can walk into Harrods or the Monte Carlo casino and be treated like you 'could' be a millionaire but the Hondos looked down their noses at me and talked amongst themselves. I could have been about to ask for a quote for 2 x 250hp's but they will never know now.
Yamaha folks approached me and offered help beyond what I was expecting. (Well done Steve Lockart!)

Some pics from my visit will follow.
Cheers!



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One of the things I really enjoyed was the display of Vintage Outboards and Boats:

Lovely Johnson

And the venerable Seagull. Most of these were For Sale:Seagulls

Early Jet Boat built by Bill Hamilton and tested on the Colorado River I believe:

Hamilton Jet


Terrific display from the Vintage Outboard Club chaps!


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So, you walk into Hall 1 and all you can see are Rods, Rods, Rods...


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Hall 3 greets you with Boats. Boats, Boats...


Boats

and more Boats...Smile

Boats, Boats.

Some cool colours...


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Grady White Boats from USA - Like a Cadillac-on-Water...

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Free charts from the Undersea Cable guy. The yellow strips are 'L-shaped' plastic Fish Measures. Free also!  

(Both useful items for Newbies.)  Thumbs Up


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In summary - I had a great time. 
This was a 'research' trip for me. - Learnt heaps. - Will be better prepared to make informed purchases next year. Smile

(Sorry about the couple of sideways pics.) Embarrassed
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Great post F.O. Thanks! I met Mark Kitteridge too, swapped a few gurnard stories. Nik is also a top guy. A very good snapper fisherman too.


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Cheers Smudge! I was hoping to spot you somewhere too but your disguise was very effective. Wink

Good coverage from Radio Live all afternoon today also. Thumbs Up

Decided to save up for a day-out with Nik before next summer to learn even more about SB/Lure fishing. 
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Great report there FO must say you got way more done than me.
Did subscribe to Fishing in Godzone, caught up with some mates and me and my boy had a White Lady burger which was worth the wait in the rain and windπŸ˜„
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