Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show

Largest Outdoors Show in Midwest Showcases Latest Boats, RVs, Accessories
January 15, 2008 6:44:23 PM PST
largest indoor selection in the Midwest of new boats, RVs and outdoor accessories from top manufacturers at the best deals of the season will be unveiled at the 78th Annual Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show. Escape the wintry weather by visiting McCormick Place January 16 - 20, where outdoor enthusiasts gather under one roof to view, board and buy everything needed for summer fun.

Nearly 600 boats and more than 200 RVs will be showcased at the 2008 event, for a total of $65 million in merchandise on the boat show floor alone. In addition to the latest boats, RVs and accessories, visitors to the 2008 Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show will find a variety of special features.

Visitors looking for more information on the 2008 Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show should visit or call 312-946-6272 for complete details.

The 2008 Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world's largest producer of boat shows. NMMA is the leading association representing the $39.5 billion per year recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce over 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the U.S. For more information about the NMMA, visit .

1) Raymarine- LifeTag? Wireless Man Overboard Monitoring System, $685
An alarm system was implemented to alert other crew members of another member out of range or overboard
One LifeTag system can protect as many as 16 crew members

2) Fishfinder system pack, $1,585
A compact, powerful navigation system that combines simplicity with advanced chartplotting and HD Digital? fishfinder technology.
A direct sunlight viewable display and rugged submersible construction make the A60 the perfect fit for center consoles and open cockpits.
The A60 Chartplotter/Fishfinder system pack comes complete with A60 display, Navionics Silver charts, RS12 GPS sensor, DSM25 sounder module, transom mount transducer, suncover, trunion mounting kit, NMEA input/output cable, power cable, DSM25 interconnect cable and instruction manual. It uses less than a gallon of gas in eight hours of running time and is totally unsinkable.

3) Jet Pilot Neo Vests - available in all sizes and prices
High-quality neoprene vests for the water sports enthusiast
Softer, lighter and more comfortable than the bulky orange life jackets of the past to allow for full movement
Brands: O'Brien Life Vests - (starting at $40)
Three buckles ensure a good fit
Coast Guard approved
All children must wear a life vest when on any boat -
When picking out a child's life vest - check the child's weight and height - ensuring a snug fit - to determine which vest is best for your child.
There's even life vests for the family pet - like this one from Paws Aboard (starts at $29)

Wet Suits
O'Neill Shorty ($140)
Great apparel perfect for the water-sport enthusiast
O'Neill shorty wet suits have many features ensuring a more enjoyable experience
It's easy to get on and off
This smooth skin feature that's wind resistant
Knee pads for the active rider
Breathable seams for those hot summer days

4) Connelly- Lowrider Knee Board, $200
Compression molded with hard edges and channels that make the Lowrider rocket you off the wake, this board has deep padded knee wells and twin tip design which enables you to increase your trick list in comfort.
It has 3' padded cinch strap holds as well for those big air tricks.

5) Connelly- Wing Two Tube, $130
The Wing Two is a great, economical, 1 or 2 rider tube which has a 75" wing span and side by side seating, giving you and your co-pilot plenty of room. It is normally ridden in the seated position, but a single rider can use it in the prone position.
Its features include full moon padded handles with knuckle guards, Quick Connect and Boston Valve, 840 D Nylon cover, 30 Ga PVC bladder, and covered mesh bottom drains.

6) Zodiac Inflatable Boat-Boat in a Box, $1000- $5000
(economic option for boater, 8 ft. long)
The inflatable boat market is huge in Europe & becoming increasingly popular for both recreational boating, commercial & military marine applications here in the U.S. Chicago boaters can be found in their inflatable boats hopping around marinas visiting friends, anchoring off Northerly Island for a concert or afloat in the "Playpen" off Ohio Street Beach.
Buoyancy far greater than a traditional boat - higher loading capacity.
Low center of gravity, making it near impossible to capsize.
Once deflated and folded the storage space is small enough to fit on a shelf in your garage
Running it saves money, as it requires smaller outboards than conventional boats to provide better performance
Their maintenance is straightforward and their resale is relatively easy with good residual prices
Estimated retail price ranges from $1,000 - $5,000

Chicago, Boat, RV and Outdoors Show
McCormick Place North
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive