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Helping out with MJM at the Chicago Show by Trevor

Dave with the MJM crew

To further round out the First Mate repertoire, I think this is the second or third time we have loaned some help for booths at shows. When you get FMYC Booth help, you get someone who has learned your boat. By learned, I mean memorized every piece of information we can find on it from every source available. Tankage, power options (pricing (if you acceptable), measurements, features, and differentiating characteristics means YOU can take a day off answering those same 3 questions that EVERYONE asks! Booth Help is available, either male or female, and can range from basic crowd control ('line starts here', 'shoes off', 'you may board now') to the more advanced ("2 or 3 lumps with your coffee?"), or, the meticulous, simply staying on the boat acting as security/detailing on demand, making sure every fingerprint has a short lifespan, and ensuring no 'presents' in the heads. If you would like us to put you in contact with previous customers of this service, those references are available.

Dave Buitendorp spent a day with (L to R) Mr. Mark Lindsay, Mr. Scott Smith, and Mr. Bob Johnstone of MJM Yachts at the Chicago show.

"Rockin it" at the Formula Booth by Trevor

Candace Boss of Dry Harbour tells us about how much traffic Formula has received at the show! They had half their booth filled with people willing to wait in line! Looked like a rollercoaster line! With 8 boats at the show, Formula had one of the largest single manufacturer footprints. Also, the 45 was in the top 3 largest boats at the show. Certainly, not every one waiting in line was...qualified, but it is still a great sign.

Dry Harbour is also an Avalon Pontoon dealer, and Candace tells me if you look at their catalog/ booth promo videos, there are a few videos of her complementing the boats nicely. Candace Boss; booth girl, boat model, broker extraordinaire. We think she has a pretty good mentor:

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Hello Chicago by Trevor

Getting Ready!

After a few days of prep work, the 81st Annual Chicago Boat, RV, and Outdoors show kicked off today at 2pm.  The event is taking place at McCormick Plaza in Chicago, and is taking up all of hall B and the garage area for the RVs. The focus here is definitely on smaller boats, 15-45 ft. Plenty of express boats, such as Formula and Regal, ski/wakeboard  boats with Malibue, Mastercraft, and Nautiques representing, and fishing boats, including smaller bass boats, and the larger scouts and pursuits. There is even a 'down east corner' (FMYC name)  with MJM, Vanquish, and Hunt representing some eastern/lobster-looks. Moving the cart o' gear before the show (no carpet down yet!

The show is just getting started, but there are plenty of boats to see, and quite a few events. The Rail Jam, with indoor wakeboarding, a reptile show, plenty of boating seminars from DIY Boating, the DockDogs,  and plenty more. Be sure to check back for more details, posts, and media. If you are (or want to be) a FMYC customer and would like a guided tour of the show, drop us a line! If you are snowed in and can't make it to the show, but want to request that we take pictures of X or get you the specs on Y, let us know in the comments.

Back to the show!