For 38 years, the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show has been coming to Baltimore, but perhaps never in that period has there been a better time to buy a boat unless you are tangled up in the recession, as is the marine industry.
The pluses in all this are that interest rates on loans are lower than they have been for many years, boat dealers are eager to find buyers in a depressed market and the consumer may be in perfect position to make a very good deal.
The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, which opens Saturday, offers an opportunity to see many of the new models for 1992, and because there are hundreds of them on display, comparison shopping is more convenient than it will be once the boats have been dispersed to dealerships throughout the area.
Additionally, the outfitting of a new boat or the updating of a used model can be achieved at the show. Everything from depth finders to tuna towers will be on display.
There also are a number of free seminars scheduled on boat handling and safety, as well as fishing for blues and rockfish.
The show runs through Feb. 9 at the Convention Center and Festival Hall.
Weekday hours are 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12.