During my travels at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando in November my iPhone “Voice Memos” app got a workout. I conducted and recorded about 20 interviews, speeches and presentations with dealers, manufacturers, business experts and speakers.
Exhibitors say sales were brisk amid signs that the overall market is on an upward track
Boat dealers, manufacturers and other exhibitors at the 36th annual St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show reported strong selling activity despite a 6 percent decrease in overall attendance at the four-day event. The number of new and used boats at the show rose 3 percent.
On Tuesday, I wrote about a new dealership in Sarasota, Fla. — the Viage Group — that’s using its success at the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show to catapult the business forward.
I spent two days at the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show last week and came away with a couple of positive stories. I’ll share the first today. Look for the second in Wednesday’s newsletter.
The 36th annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Boat Show wrapped up Sunday. Final attendance numbers are currently unavailable, but I was able to catch up with Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III late Friday afternoon to talk about the pace of sales, show attendance, the overall health of the industry and the importance of educating potential…more
After a strong first day and a good weather forecast, organizers of the 36th St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show expect to draw healthy crowds today and throughout the weekend.
Despite a steady decline in sales, a panel of industry leaders says the sterndrive will remain a viable propulsion choice for consumers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Companies introducing new product at the Fort Lauderdale boat show like to do so with a splash, so the first few days feature a busy schedule of press conferences and media events.
The future of sterndrive propulsion emerged as a key issue during an industry leader panel discussion at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo earlier this week.