Fort Myers show sees attendance boost

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The 37th annual Fort Meyers Boat Show saw attendance increase by more than 15 percent, according to show manager John Good.

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The four-day show was held Nov. 12-15.

"There was a very upbeat feeling on both the exhibitor's side and with consumers," Good said in an e-mail to Trade Only Today. "After last year, there was a very flat feel, but not this year."

Good reported that The Boat House of Cape Coral, Fla., sold 25 boats at the show this year. Tom Nichols of Bonita Boat Center in Bonita Springs, Fla., a Boston Whaler dealer, reported selling 16 boats from 13 to 47 feet at the show.

"The quality of the buyer was up, the level of interest was up and the enthusiasm was up," said Nichols, who has attended the show since its inception. "People were willing to sit down and engage in a conversation and get a presentation of a vessel."

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