Miami show reports drop in attendance

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The NMMA said attendance was down 6 percent at the 2014 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, which wrapped up Feb. 17 after five days of meetings, new product introductions and sales across the show’s three locations.

Organizers attributed the drop from 102,118 in 2013 to 94,980 this year to winter storms on the East Coast. But they say exhibitors reported strong sales despite lighter traffic.

“We had a very successful show. We saw many more qualified buyers this year,” Aaron Krenzer, of Cobalt Yachts, said in a statement.

John Franta, of Colligo Marine, told organizers that Thursday and Friday were both good days at the show. “This is our best show in years,” Franta said. “Not our best Strictly Sail Miami show, but our best overall show.”

Beneteau was happy with the 14 boats it sold at the show, Dino Smith said.

The show also attracted local and national press ranging from Fox Business to Diario Las Americas. It is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and took place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside.

The NMMA is running its New England Boat Show through Sunday and will hold the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow Wednesday through Sunday.

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