Organizers tout increase in boats at Palm Beach show

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Show Management CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III

Show Management CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The number of new boats in the water is up 12 percent from last year at the 2014 Palm Beach International Boat Show, Show Management CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III told about 75 members of the media today on the first day of the show.

In addition, the number of boats under 40 feet has jumped 20 percent from last year, Zimbalist said. "The cruiser market has been flat, but that is coming back," he said.

The shift of boating habits toward more day cruising and one- and two-day outings has pumped some life into the industry, Zimbalist said.

There are also more boats on land, although Zimbalist did not have specific numbers. Show organizers have expanded exhibitor space and heightened promotional activities, he said.

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio also spoke at the press event.

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