Boats Welcome to boat show season, when it doesn't matter if you're a would-be skipper in the nation's frozen north or a daily navigator of the waters in its southern climates: It's time to make room for the new models. As the folks at Boatline explain, when new boats come in old boats have to go. That's fairly obvious for showrooms looking to clear out the remnants of last year's stock, but boat owners looking to buy new will have an old boat to turn over as well. That creates a huge fleet for the huge boat market and tends to drive down prices dramatically. Of course if you're living in a place that still has some snow cover and requires a heavy winter coat just for a trip to the showroom, chances are boat demand isn't all it could be. Boat shows be damned, those slow gray days have an effect on salespeople whether they're trying to move cars or coaxial cable. It's not a lock that you'll get a deep discount, but your chances are far better than if you wait for the clouds to clear and the weather to warm up.