Sunny in Philadelphia

Despite the recommendations of two of my brothers-in-law, I’ve never watched the show, but today I can’t get the title out of my head.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

That’s all I can think as I head out of my room in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, to attend the Greater Philly Boat Show, which runs from today through Sunday, March 10th, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks – about 5 miles away from where I am right now. The streets are clear and nothing is falling from the sky. The big March Nor’easter barely touched us down here in the suburbs of Philly, and I invite you all to head south and join me in checking out this show once you’re safely shoveled out.

In my advanced tour of the show yesterday, two things stood out. First, it wasn’t as hectic as it usually is the day before a show opens. You can give credit to the experience of David Posner of Royal Productions, but he gives credit to the coming snow and the fact that most of the exhibitors moved in early.

The second thing I noticed was the sheer number of boats on display at this show. There are quite a few boat dealers, but it seems that they all came with ALL of their inventory – there are simply rows and rows of fishing boats, pontoon boats, ski boats and pleasure boats such as bow riders and deck boats – I even saw a couple of small tugs. In comparison, I would say there are two to three times the number of boats that were on display in Hartford, and perhaps more in line of what you would see in NY or Boston – but less of the bigger boats. Still, it is easy to imagine walking the aisles of this show and finding a boat that fits your needs and that is affordable.

What: The Greater Philly Boat Show

When: Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10, 2013

Show hours:
Friday: Noon – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am- 7 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Adults: $9 (Save a dollar with the coupon on the show website)
Ages 13 to 17: $2
Ages 12 and under: Free