The 25th Annual Houston Summer Boat Show is older than I am, but as a native Houstonian I have never been tempted to attend — until my editor thought it would be a good idea to get a newbie's perspective. As I walked into Reliant Center I kept thinking to myself, "Oh great, I don't even like fishing or boats and have no idea about them."
But as I strolled around the massive complex, I soon became intrigued by the attractions the Boat Show offers. By the end of my tour, I was convinced that I really need a boat.
Here are five things that caught my eye:
The Mercedes of fishing boats
The first couple of boats I stumbled upon at the show were amazing — 36 feet of pure beauty. Even though I don’t know much about boats, these babies weren’t like any other fishing boat — and the price tag made it clear. Tommy Nolan of the Texas Sportfishing dealership says the prize boat of the exhibit is the 36-foot 2012 Yellowfin, starting at $271,160 with all the gizmos. It comes complete with LED underwater and spreader lights, live bait tanks, and three engines. The Contender, at $329,289 is pretty nifty, too. Even if you have no idea about boats, these are worth checking out because of the beauty and value.
With glitter seats and a bright paint job, these speed demons are easy to catch your eye. Besides getting up to incredible speeds, the electric colors and details on the boat are something to check out. If I could buy a boat I would pick one of these just because of the colors.
40-foot Bass Tub
If you don’t know anything about boats or fishing, the 5,000-gallon Bass Tub aquarium is still worth your time. The Tub is over 40-feet long with 30-to-40 fish of various species. The tank offers demonstrations of the action of luring a fish. Professional fisherman Chuck Devereaux offers helpful suggestions and shows the audience proper techniques and how lures operate in the water. I don’t much care about fishing, but I enjoyed watching Deveraux catch some fish.
Fish-O-Rama & Bubble Runner
Tired of walking around and need some excitement? The Fish-O-Rama and Bubble Runners are great for all ages to let loose and have some hands-on fun. At Fish-O-Rama, you pay $3, grab one of the already-baited fishing poles and get ready for the challenge of hooking your own prize rainbow trout.
Next to the fishing frenzy, The Bubble Runner lets participants in a giant human hamser ball roll, flip, and spin on water without getting wet.
So if you aren't a boat or fishing person, in the back right corner of the arena you will find massive RVs for the whole family to enjoy. Ron Hovers RV & Marines offers RVs with huge living spaces and a place to store motorcycles. I never knew an RV could have so many luxury items.
The Houston Summer Boat Show continues Friday 1 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday noon - 6 p.m. Admission is adults, $8; children 5-12, $4, and under 4 free. For more details, click here.