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erkoehler
12-23-2007, 03:35 PM
Jan. 16 - Jan. 20

We have some bigs plans for the booth this year, anyone planning to come out?

KnoxX2
12-23-2007, 04:27 PM
Take some pics for those that can't make it!!!

Prostar in Michigain
12-23-2007, 06:34 PM
Im there every year we usually stay in a hyatt down town and go for two days in a row

TOO-TALL
12-23-2007, 07:55 PM
I'm there.Don't know what day yet.
We should set a time and date to met all the TT'S at CMC's both.

Maristar210
12-23-2007, 09:06 PM
Is there a list of boat manufacturers attending instead of just the various marina's?

erkoehler
12-23-2007, 09:14 PM
The show is huge, I would venture to say the vast majority of boat models are represented.

I just noticed on the web site for the show they don't list that info:confused:

Maristar210
12-23-2007, 09:39 PM
The show is huge, I would venture to say the vast majority of boat models are represented.

I just noticed on the web site for the show they don't list that info:confused:


Okay I'll say it. Are the Centurion and Tige guys going to be there?

I just want to walk em.....

erkoehler
12-23-2007, 09:43 PM
Last year the Tige guys were there, not 100% sure on Centurion.

erkoehler
12-23-2007, 09:44 PM
Duchow's Marina is the Centurion dealer if you wanted to call and ask if they'll be there w/ them.

They usually bring I/O's, but not sure on the Ski Cent.

Prostar in Michigain
12-24-2007, 01:13 AM
and tige is summerset marine in delevan wisconsin

erkoehler
12-24-2007, 12:37 PM
On display in the MC booth:

X-45
X-35
40th X-Star
40th 197
X-2
X-1
X-15

This may change a bit in the next few weeks, but I'll keep everyone updated.

KnoxX2
12-24-2007, 12:46 PM
We want Pics........................................

Prostar in Michigain
12-24-2007, 01:45 PM
No X 14?? Or PS 214

erkoehler
12-24-2007, 02:59 PM
Not sure on that one, but I'll double check my work orders.........

toppy
12-25-2007, 11:46 AM
Rumor on the street is that you sold your 40th already??? 8p Can you confirm or deny the rumors?

André
12-25-2007, 11:51 AM
Rumor on the street is that you sold your 40th already??? 8p Can you confirm or deny the rumors?
X-Star or 197?
Which one did you get toppy?
Welcome to the board!
We can help you spend your extra cash if needed...;)

erkoehler
12-25-2007, 12:57 PM
toppy......i can niether confirm nor deny those rumors.

We only have an xstar.

Prostar Rich
12-26-2007, 11:46 AM
Does Chicago MC have any guest passes or discount coupons to hand out?

Thanks,
Prostar Rich

toppy
12-26-2007, 11:46 AM
Thanks I've been lurking here for quite some time. This is a great board & relly great peeps. BTW did I tell you how great of a salemen Eric is? :D He sold us our '07 X-2 and now hopefully our 40th X-Star. It was tuff to convince the wife but things are looking up. We'll post up some picts once the deal is closed out.

PS Eric is doing a fine job spending our money...8p

erkoehler
12-26-2007, 12:32 PM
Does Chicago MC have any guest passes or discount coupons to hand out?

Thanks,
Prostar Rich

We have yet to get our boat show packet w/ coupons/tickets so I can't answer that question just yet.

However, depending on when you arrive and how many people are coming with you I may be able to "lend" you a badge to get in.

Prostar Rich
12-26-2007, 12:45 PM
We have yet to get our boat show packet w/ coupons/tickets so I can't answer that question just yet.

However, depending on when you arrive and how many people are coming with you I may be able to "lend" you a badge to get in.



I would need two passes for my son and I. I am looking to upgrade from my prostar. I am not sure yet what model I want. I would want to see what kind of trade in value my boat has VS. selling outright.

Thanks Eric.

Prostar Rich

cbryan70
12-26-2007, 12:53 PM
eric i thought you wernt in the sales area anymore. Throw one of your sales guys a bone and stop selling their boats!

erkoehler
12-26-2007, 01:52 PM
I would need two passes for my son and I. I am looking to upgrade from my prostar. I am not sure yet what model I want. I would want to see what kind of trade in value my boat has VS. selling outright.

Thanks Eric.

Prostar Rich


Shoot me a PM just before the show and I will send you my cell phone number. We'll work something out to get you in.

Prostar Rich
12-26-2007, 02:28 PM
Shoot me a PM just before the show and I will send you my cell phone number. We'll work something out to get you in.


Will do.

Thanks,
Prostar Rich

Rubies
12-26-2007, 05:03 PM
Summerset is the SouthEast WI MasterCraft dealer.

erkoehler
12-26-2007, 05:04 PM
Summerset is the SouthEast WI MasterCraft dealer.


Yes, Summerset and PineCrest will also be working the booth at the Chicago Boat Show.

Workin' 4 Toys
01-01-2008, 09:12 PM
I'll probably stop in.

Jim@BAWS
01-01-2008, 09:35 PM
Eric,

Last time I was in Chicago there was NO BOAT SHOW.
I will not be there this time...unless you need me there
HA HA HA

Jim@BAWS

Workin' 4 Toys
01-02-2008, 02:15 PM
Well, Jim, if you say there is No boat show in chicago I guess I'll put the $100 show money towards something else.

I was hoping to see the new MasterCraft beach towels on display.

erkoehler
01-05-2008, 01:36 PM
sorry, you won't see any towels there :(

You will see:

40th X-star
40th 197
x-2
x-1
x-35
x-45
x-15

Chicago190
01-05-2008, 03:18 PM
sorry, you won't see any towels there :(

You will see:

40th X-star
40th 197
x-2
x-1
x-35
x-45
x-15

What nights will you be there? I am going to come after work one night and check it out.

6ballsisall
01-05-2008, 03:37 PM
Dang! Just missed it......will be in Chi-town the following week. :(

Workin' 4 Toys
01-05-2008, 09:57 PM
sorry, you won't see any towels there :(

Doesn't surprise me one bit though. They have only been requested for what.... 2 or 3 years.:confused:

You putting a meet day and time together for TMC members?

Workin' 4 Toys
01-05-2008, 09:58 PM
Dang! Just missed it......will be in Chi-town the following week. :(
Just flying through?

6ballsisall
01-05-2008, 11:15 PM
Just flying through?

Nah, I got a 2 1/2 day conference thingy going on downtown. Was thinking about getting peeps together Wednesday night for some brews. I'll look at my flight iten, your welcome to join in!!

Maristar210
01-06-2008, 01:07 AM
Eric,

I am coming on Saturday morning and spending the night on rush street at www.suttonplace.com and likely will eat at www.hugosfrogbar.com

Can't wait to check out a real nice and big show!!!!

erkoehler
01-06-2008, 12:09 PM
Unfortunately, the prices for a booth to house a proshop is insane. It just isn't worth it to attempt to bring a proshop to this show.

I will be at the show Wednesday thru Sunday.

holms
01-06-2008, 12:36 PM
What dose Mastercraft have for spring/boatshow specials?
holms

holms
01-06-2008, 12:36 PM
What dose Mastercraft have for spring/boatshow specials?
holms

erkoehler
01-06-2008, 12:47 PM
What dose Mastercraft have for spring/boatshow specials?
holms


There are a lot of shows using the cash rewards program, and some stores may have deals on new 2006/2007 boats.

cbryan70
01-06-2008, 01:32 PM
Erk how much is it to get in? Ill be out there on the 17th to check it out

André
01-06-2008, 01:36 PM
Erk how much is it to get in? Ill be out there on the 17th to check it out
Just mention Erk's name at the door...;)

erkoehler
01-06-2008, 02:07 PM
Erk how much is it to get in? Ill be out there on the 17th to check it out


Not selling Bayliners at the show:D

Not sure on the price......

Chicago190
01-06-2008, 02:58 PM
Erk how much is it to get in? Ill be out there on the 17th to check it out

$10 for adults. 4th ticket is free if you buy 3.

erkoehler
01-08-2008, 01:51 PM
X-35 comes in today :)

ttu
01-08-2008, 01:59 PM
X-35 comes in today :)

erk, make sure you get us some pics of that.:D

chudson
01-08-2008, 02:17 PM
Didn't notice a web site for the show...................

http://www.chicagoboatshow.com/

cbryan70
01-08-2008, 02:55 PM
Dont worrie erk im not selling ANYTHING there im going to be dreaming of the boats i truly like and enjoy to look at. Whats the deal with some free passes?

Workin' 4 Toys
01-08-2008, 04:30 PM
$10 for adults. 4th ticket is free if you buy 3.

Is parking still about $20?

Chicago190
01-08-2008, 04:33 PM
Is parking still about $20?

I've parked at the 31st St. Parking Lot (directly south of McCormick Place on LSD) and I think it was $20-25.

Workin' 4 Toys
01-08-2008, 04:41 PM
I've parked at the 31st St. Parking Lot (directly south of McCormick Place on LSD) and I think it was $20-25.

I just can't wait until we get to pay the "traffic congestion" tax to get there.:rolleyes:

94PS190
01-13-2008, 10:33 AM
I will be there on sat. Any more info on TT er's meeting or free passes?

erkoehler
01-13-2008, 02:55 PM
We move in tomorrow, should be fun! They are forecasting snow showers and COLD!

6ballsisall
01-13-2008, 04:40 PM
So Eric what did you finally decide, are visitors to the show getting 30 or 40% off dealer cost on a new boat? 8p

Prostar in Michigain
01-13-2008, 05:13 PM
sounds good to me jrandol

mcdoon
01-13-2008, 05:31 PM
sounds good to me jrandol

Hey, I'll bring all the plastic I got if Erk's cuttin those kind of deals! :)

erkoehler
01-14-2008, 11:55 PM
Just got home from setting up the booth at the show, so far it is turning out really well. We still have alot of electrical and lighting to finish up tomorrow, and the show opens Wednesday morning.

Final show line up is as follows:

40th 197
40th X-Star
X-1
X-2
X-14
X-15
x-30
X-35
X-45

Maristar210
01-15-2008, 12:26 AM
Just got home from setting up the booth at the show, so far it is turning out really well. We still have alot of electrical and lighting to finish up tomorrow, and the show opens Wednesday morning.

Final show line up is as follows:

40th 197
40th X-Star
X-1
X-2
X-14
X-15
x-30
X-35
X-45


Holy crap Eric :worthy: :worthy: :worthy: :worthy:

I have to work this weekend. Damn. I want to come. Were gonna see what we can do to drive down and back after work, **** !!!

87 TriStar 190
01-15-2008, 12:33 AM
I was thinking of driving in on Thursday. Anyone else going to be there that day. I could get there anytime. Driving in from Wisconsin, but I could leave early. What are the hours? Any deals on passes on Thursday or Friday? I could come Friday if that works out better.

erkoehler
01-15-2008, 12:37 AM
Give me a call when you get down there, if available I can meet you with a pass. (Won't be available if selling boat :) )

630-533-2760

erkoehler
01-15-2008, 12:38 AM
X-35 being hoisted in to position.....I was a bit nervous! ;)

Hollywood
01-15-2008, 10:20 AM
Any deals on passes on Thursday or Friday?

Are you that hard up for $10?

Eric, see you Saturday. Can you smuggle in a case of beer for me?

erkoehler
01-15-2008, 10:38 AM
Are you that hard up for $10?

Eric, see you Saturday. Can you smuggle in a case of beer for me?


Ptlease, our booth DRY all weekend! Not!

chudson
01-15-2008, 10:41 AM
Will MC be in the same location as last year?

cbryan70
01-15-2008, 08:42 PM
will anyone be there tomorrow?

Chicago190
01-15-2008, 09:15 PM
will anyone be there tomorrow?

I'll be there tomorrow around 6 PM. If you're there at the same time I'll have a black MC t-shirt and probably a navy blue Titleist hat on. My name is Dan so go ahead and say Hi.

cbryan70
01-15-2008, 09:36 PM
ohhh ill be there from prolly noon till at least 7 30 got to go FOR work..ill have a prolly black mastercraft shirt on or a mastercraft sweatshirt with a either 40th hat on or a mastercraft on......good thing i sell other boats hahaha

erkoehler
01-15-2008, 11:42 PM
Will MC be in the same location as last year?

Same location as last year :)

erkoehler
01-15-2008, 11:45 PM
Couple more pics.....Here is the X-Star getting wired for the show.

erkoehler
01-15-2008, 11:46 PM
Wiring up our truss system with lights and banners :)

erkoehler
01-16-2008, 12:04 AM
More setup pics.....

erkoehler
01-16-2008, 12:05 AM
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erkoehler
01-16-2008, 12:07 AM
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tex
01-16-2008, 12:09 AM
Erk..how many boats do you have on display>

tex
01-16-2008, 12:10 AM
Ptlease, our booth DRY all weekend! Not!
No booth is dry!!!!

erkoehler
01-16-2008, 12:33 AM
We have the following boats on display:

PS197
X-1
X-2
X-14
X-15
X-30
X-35
X-45
X-Star

So, 9 boats are currently on display including both anniversary editions.

Heading downtown to the hotel now......have a good week everyone!

mcdoon
01-16-2008, 11:11 AM
Nice looking rides, Erk.

The missus and I will be there either Friday eve or Saturday. Try to save us a beer!

94PS190
01-16-2008, 12:00 PM
I will be comming in on saturday morning, anyone want to meet for a few beers and lunch on sat?

TOO-TALL
01-16-2008, 10:24 PM
Looks like I'll be there saturday afternoon. After work

cbryan70
01-16-2008, 10:35 PM
who wants to buy me the 197? i would love it but that new mini tower isnt so hot

erkoehler
01-17-2008, 11:41 AM
Sounds like we should have a good turn out this weekend. First day of the show was awesome!

whitedog
01-17-2008, 06:31 PM
I'll be there Friday afternoon. Any one else there on Friday??

Rockman
01-17-2008, 06:43 PM
Sounds like we should have a good turn out this weekend. First day of the show was awesome!

We'll see you on Sunday am...

erkoehler
01-18-2008, 02:08 PM
TTT...........booth is busy this morning!

Maristar210
01-18-2008, 02:10 PM
Dammit

Eric,

I will not be attending this year just like the last. Turns out a Piston game tonight and a full day of work tomorrow will be in the way of that. Please take lots of pictures for us that cannot make it and again, thanks for your hospitality.

Steve

Hollywood
01-18-2008, 03:01 PM
Coors Light Eric.

erkoehler
01-18-2008, 06:20 PM
You get it here, I'll get it in.

ttu
01-18-2008, 06:36 PM
erk, can you get us some good pics. mainly the new x35

Footin
01-18-2008, 06:56 PM
Erkle, let us know when you sell the first boat.

TOO-TALL
01-18-2008, 08:05 PM
Me and Dad Should get to the show around 2ish tommorow meeting more people there.I'll have my camera I'll get some pics for you guys.

cbryan70
01-18-2008, 08:42 PM
He sold a 40th x star FIRST DAY there. i got there at around 1ish and he already had the thing sold.

TOO-TALL
01-19-2008, 10:55 PM
Made it to the show this afternoon......very busy.Talked to Eric for awhile.Mastercraft had a great booth. Here are some pics.

TOO-TALL
01-19-2008, 11:04 PM
More...........

stulesmi
01-19-2008, 11:22 PM
Can't believe I missed the show!! I'm leaving chi town tomorrow. Heading back to Kentucky. Had a good time at Howl at the Moon, though!!;)

mcdoon
01-20-2008, 04:38 PM
Thanks for remembering to take pics of Eric's booth Too-Tall. I was there with the wife yesterday also, but didn't snap any shots. We were too busy talking to Erkoeler and Laura Lohrmann. Great people, great boats, huge show. Much warmer inside than out (5 degrees and windy). :)

94PS190
01-20-2008, 05:45 PM
I met Wade Cox at the show yesterday. Great guy ,very friendly and accomadating.

Rockman
01-21-2008, 09:56 AM
Went down to the show yesterday around noonish with my wife and our little one.

Nice seeing Erk and the boys again.

Great looking booth Erk! It was about time the MC dealer realized it takes more that carpeting to call it a "booth!" Way better than anything MC has had in the past. Now how much did you say that diamond plate Matercraft sign was ??? :D


ps-The boat show was good for MC as I know the X Star was sold, an X-15 (I think) and so was an X-80. Sweeet!

Hollywood
01-21-2008, 11:36 AM
You get it here, I'll get it in.

Well damn, I missed this part.

The CMC booth was top notch, as already shown. I can't believe how many boats you guys stuffed in there.

Prostar in Michigain
01-22-2008, 02:44 PM
Erk,

I was at the show but i didnt know what you looked like so i couldnt say hi hah. Me and my dad were talkin to a guy named mark. My dad is supposed to call him on wendsday about an X1 or an X2 we dont know yet but he told me to go on here and ask if you can get us a deal haha

Mark

erkoehler
01-22-2008, 08:52 PM
Give me a call, and we can see if we have anything that would work :)

630-533-2760

JohnE
01-22-2008, 10:15 PM
I noticed that the show is only 5 days. I noticed that about some others, too. Here in Boston it is 9 days including 2 full weekends. Is 5 days typical? Just curious. Looks like the event was a success in Chicago.

erkoehler
01-23-2008, 10:15 AM
9 days at McCormick would be too expensive to do.

tex
12-16-2010, 12:15 AM
I love Chicago...They call it the windy city!

94PS190
12-16-2010, 10:13 AM
I have been to the last four or five Chicago shows. Always a great time, and it gives me an excuse to go into the city for a weekend. Last year I spent a half hour or so with Marcus Brown, got a pic with him somewhere as well.

It's a great show.