Boat shows and demo days are perfect places to introduce a spouse to boating. Go aboard as many boats as you want, compare them in person, discuss your needs with the manufacturer’s representatives. Attending boat shows can be a family activity with seminars and classes given by the experts to answer many of your spouse’s questions about boating and owning a boat.

Boat shows are also a great way to keep up with the current trends and preview the latest gear. Many shows focus on a specific region by emphasizing the tools and tackle best used in that area. The selection of fishing accoutrements can be diverse with many exotic, foreign, custom and hard to find items. Many boat shows and demo days are held on the water. Some offer free boat rides so that you and your spouse can experience the boating lifestyle firsthand.