A. Right now.
If you are in the market for a new boat, during the boat show season is one of the best times to buy a boat. The other good time to buy a boat is in the early fall when dealers are looking to move their inventory.
If you are ready to buy, dealers are ready to bargain at boat shows. But, before you go, be sure to do your homework. Check out my boat show tips, and be prepared before you attend. If possible, attend more than one boat show in your area to get a feel for more manufacturers and dealers. Ideally, you will have narrowed down your choices to the make and model you are set on and complete a price comparison before you go. Haven't got that far yet? Make a list of your must-haves and your would-like-to-haves and make a budget with your magic number - the highest price you are willing to pay for a boat.
If you aren't quite ready to buy, take advantage of this boat show season by getting out there, asking questions and inspecting as many boats as possible. The value of this can't be overestimated when it comes time to actually making the purchase, whenever that may be.
Here are more resources for boat shows and boat buying to help you get the most of the boat show season: