Attendance at Norwalk show down 11 percent, but dealers report a buying crowd


The Norwalk Boat Show closed Sunday after its four-day run in Norwalk, Conn., attracting 12,814 attendees.

The showgoer total was down 11 percent from 2018, but exhibitors said the event drew a buying crowd, with leads and strong end-of-season sales, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which owns the show.

Some exhibitors said it was their best Norwalk show ever.

The annual Boating Career Day, hosted in partnership with the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, expanded this year into a two-day event in conjunction with the first-ever job fair.

Fox 5 New York shot live on Friday and reached more than 100,000 viewers, according to the NMMA. Click here for that coverage.


ABYC Foundation Seeks Nominations for Educator Award

The award recognizes “an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians.”

P.R. Firm Rushton Gregory Signs ePropulsion

The Chinese manufacturer of electric propulsion products introduced a standardized lineup earlier this year.

Dometic Updates Pro-Trim System

The new design allows boaters to trim the outboard and adjust the jack plate without removing their hands from the wheel.

Brunswick Partners with Carnegie Robotics

Through the alliance, Brunswick aims to enhance its autonomous technology offerings.

Nicole Vasilaros to Depart NMMA

The group credits the senior vice president of government and legal affairs for “countless contributions to the protection and expansion of the recreational boating industry.”

Site Unseen

A website is often the first interaction a customer will have with a dealership, but it must provide more than an online brochure or they will click elsewhere.

C.G. Amends Documentation Rules

Federally documenting a boat now must be done every five years, rather than annually.

The 2021 Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

The marine industry consistently honors products and people. The industry, however, has not recognized forward-thinking companies that are moving the industry in new directions. Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire.