California show reports attendance boost

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This year’s Newport (Calif.) Boat Show, held April 19-22 at Lido Marina Village, saw an increase in attendees and buyers, organizers said.

“The attendance at this year’s show was the highest we’ve seen in nearly five years: up a phenomenal 32 percent over last year,” show producer Duncan McIntosh said in a statement. “During the weeks and months leading up to the show we started to hear that sales were being made on quality brokerage boats. That appears to have carried right through the show, as more deals were being written than we can recall in several years.”

Specific attendance figures were not immediately available.

More than 200 new and brokerage boats were displayed in the water, including new models making West Coast debuts.

“Newport was very exciting for us: We unveiled two brand-new Tiara models and two new Ocean Alexanders, including a 90 Motoryacht,” said Ray Prokorym of Ocean Alexander Yacht Sales. “Our top three criteria for a successful show are: selling boats, strong leads for follow-up and overall attendance. We scored in all three with a boat sold at the show, fantastic response to our new Tiara dealership and a record number of people through the booth.”

Chris Herman, of West Coast Yachts in Newport Beach, called this year’s event “the best Newport show in the last 10 years. The people who came were interested in buying. We wrote three Carvers, a 33, 37 and 41; a 41 Meridian; a 38 Sea Ray; and two Pursuits, a 23 and 28.”

“The buyers are back,” added Fraser Yachts’ Michael Gardella. “We wrote a 35 Cabo being shown by Kustler Yachts at the show, a 60 Chris-Craft that was Jackie Gleason’s original yacht and a 61 Viking. It was a great show.”

The Newport show is produced by the Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., publisher of Sea Magazine, Boating World, The Log Newspaper, FishRap and Editor & Publisher and producer of the Lido Yacht Expo, which is scheduled for Sept. 27-30 at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach.

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