PALMETTO -- Whether they were doing some serious shopping or just dreaming, people came out to see all that the annual Bradenton Boat Show had to offer Saturday.
Day 2 of the boat show at the Bradenton Area Convention Center had vessels of all kinds and sizes to offer visitors as well as a one-stop shop for fishing gear, apparel and classes.
Tim Simpson and his son were checking out the latest models of boats at the .
"We come every year," he said.
Already a boat owner, Simpson said looking at the newer models makes him consider upgrading his craft.
"Yeah," he said, smiling, "they have some of the boats we like,"
Salesman were willing to answer questions for even the novice boater.
"We've had people interested in every single boat out here," said Casey Smith,
of the Viage Group in Sarasota. "Mornings have been real busy and I think in the afternoon, people are enjoying the good weather."
Viage, like other exhibitors, were selling boats off and on the showroom floor.
"We do everything from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to Miami and then the Suncoast," Smith said. "This is one of the smaller shows we do, but it's still good to be here."
For those not in the market for a new boat, the boat show held other aqueous enticements.
Tom Bigger was picking up some more fishing tackle after having sat through classes from Captain Joe Fishing School.
"I feel like I learned a lot," Bigger said. "Some of it I probably won't retain, but that's old age."
And it wasn't his first time to the fair.
"I came last year and I enjoyed it," he said. "I've been here all day. I only missed one class when I went out to get something to eat."
A seasonal resident from Michigan, Bigger said he loves to fish.
"I brought my boat down," he added.
For those still interested in attending, the show will conclude Sunday. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the convention center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Admission for those ages 12 and over is $5; children are free. Parking is also free.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.