Several companies reported good results from both the sail show - and even the rainy powerboat show - held on consecutive weekends in Annapolis, Md.
The U.S. Sailboat Show was a success for Hunter Marine, according to the Alachua, Fla., sailboat manufacturer, which reported 20-plus retail ordered boats from its participating dealers at the Oct. 8-12 show.
"While these results were nowhere near the totals of years gone by, they are encouraging results that customers are returning to the marketplace and purchasing new boats," said John Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing.
Hunter introduced two new models, the Hunter 50cc and the Hunter 39, both of which generated a lot of attention, according to Peterson. One of Hunter's prinicipals, Ed Massey, was also honored at the show by earning Sail magazine's Industry Leadership Award, making him the first dealer to receive such an honor.
The sail show was also good for AhoyCaptain.com, an online marine retailer.
Their exhibit showed a boost in traffic and post-show orders were up 15 percent from the same period last year.
The company believes their success was due to tripling their booth size rather than downsizing; a mix of products for everyone from cruisers to racers to non-sailors; and the presence of manufacturers such as Quick USA, Engel USA, and Suncor Stainless.
Positive results were also reported from Clarks Landing, which attended the sister U.S. Powerboat Show, held Oct. 15-18.
The marina, based in Shady Side, Md., said it took seven deposits at the show despite the dreary weather and light crowds.
"We are excited by the people we met at the show and many have signed up to join us at our Demo Day event on Oct. 24 and 25 at our Shady Side location," said general manager Jeff Truesdale. "Because of Clarks Landing's solid reputation as a full-service boat dealership with premium boat brands, I think people have gravitated toward us in these trying times."
The Demo Day will feature new models from Sea Ray, Cruisers Yachts, Carver Yachts, Silverton, and Ovation.