Lauderdale exhibitors remain upbeat after show

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Sales reports continue to trickle in from exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Despite to the flat attendance figures and continued economic malaise, several vendor were touting what turned out to be a good show.

Viking Yacht reports nearly 5,000 people visited its exhibit, featuring 13 yachts from 46 to 82 feet. Three new models were introduced, including the new flagship 82 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the 76 Convertible and the 46 Open. Viking reports several sales were contracted.

Cigarette reports it sold its 39 Top Fish Open sold the first day of the show (with its $450,000 price tag).

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals (TSGYP) also reported good news.

"We had more qualified charterers and owners than ever before in attendance - another good indicator that 2009 could wind up being a good year, despite all the dire predictions from last winter, and 2010 even better," said Jennifer M. Saia, The Sacks Group president and charter specialist.

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