Attended FLBS a couple of years ago as a, to the best approximation, client's personal assistant/adviser. Surprised anyone still goes there, actually 1) Perfect mention earlier in the thread of a "pre-opening VIP day". A shame people outside the industry have no way of knowing that, even when they plan to spend big millions on a boat. So, not a good entry point. 2) For those past the entry point, as in, with contacts, probably a capitain in sight etc, plus, obviously, the internet, the choice part is just nothing. You get much better care phoning/visiting companies in less busy time. Honorable mention goes to nonexistent inside transport. Having to walk the docks past non-target exposition for 20 mins between booths of companies we wanted to see felt quite wasteful. 3) The sightseeing and "feel it" part - well, it's something, but! Dare I say, very suboptimal organization. Problems to book travel to date and hotel, excessively annoying "push sales" at every corner, exorbitant fees for anything. Guess what, in my experience (maybe just my good luck in clients), even rich people get uncomfortable when they are treated like an open purse shamelessly. IDK maybe it feels better shopping for a smaller boat, but I've heard several independent opinions that you should stay away from bargaining there, instead inquiring at slower season - supposedly better bargaining position. Oh, and the salt of the earth, "general populace" without many millions to spare? See #3 above, not even sure they feel anyhow welcome.