BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ)–Sunny and 75, many of us wish that is today’s forecast. But, we may be able to feel that summer sensation a little better at this year’s boat show, which is bigger than ever.

Gigi Barnett has more from the Baltimore Convention Center and all the new models on display.

Step aboard and grab a line. With steel drums playing in the background this is the closest thing to paradise for boaters–the Baltimore Boat Show.

“Everybody has that water gene in them. And, being on the bay near the Chesapeake we’re just getting that water gene out of them,” said David Baumgartner, Owner of Riverside Marine.

That’s Riverside Marine owner David Baumgartner’s theory, this year’s boat show boasts more than 250 water craft, much bigger than the show’s ever been before and it kicks off the selling season for dealers.

Baumgartner believes he’ll see more customers this year ready to come aboard, thanks the economy.

“Folks that sold their boat because of the recession got out of boating are getting back into boating now. So, they’re coming back to the table,” said Baumgartner.

Winter weather woes are also a big driver to the show.

“Today’s it’s freezing outside, it reminds you that that summer is coming,” said Georgette Shalhoup, boat show visitor.

But, Skip and Susen Aten are looking for summer forever, and there’s one place to find it.

“Going to Florida.”

But their boat isn’t quite “Sunshine State” ready; they’re looking for accessories that are within budget.

“We’re looking at these boats and I said, ‘Boy don’t you wish you married rich?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, Too bad you married young instead. Can’t have it all. Can’t have it all,” said Susan Aten.

No, you can’t have it all, but maybe if you come to the boat show you can just dream.

In addition to the economy, experts say another plus to buying a boat this season are gas prices. They are at record lows and it’s a good time to get on board.

The boat show ends on Sunday.

For more information on the Baltimore Boat Show click HERE.


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