Orlando Show Sees Robust Crowds

Author:
Publish date:
1_Orlando

Last weekend’s Orlando Boat Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida saw a surge in attendees — up 66 percent from 2019, according to the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida. The 2020 show was canceled due to the pandemic.

Exhibitors displayed nearly 500 boats from more than 70 manufacturers, from pontoons and deckboats to center consoles, flats boats and surf models.

Show organizers followed strict Covid-19 guidelines, including mandatory masks, enforced social distancing, limited capacity, and cleaning and disinfecting measures.

Many builders saw brisk sales by offering show-only incentives, such as extended warranties, service packages, waived dockage, and enhanced electronics and accessory packages.

“Participating dealers reported that boat sales exceeded all projections,” MIACF executive director David Ray said in a statement. “We remain committed to raising the professionalism of the boating industry in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.”

Glenn Adams of Boat Max USA added: “This was the best show we’ve ever had. We expected smaller attendance as our first show in more than a year in an indoor exhibit space, yet this was not the case this past weekend. What an amazing show.”

Related

ABYC to Publish Largest-Ever Standards Manual

The nonprofit is offering pre-orders until June 18 of its updated standards manual, with a publication date of July 31.

Furuno, Simrad Add SiriusXM Fish Mapping Suite

The subscription-based service offers offshore anglers a suite of technology with which to locate and catch more fish.

Mercury Racing Awards Scholarships

The engine manufacturer looks to grow the next generation of skilled workers with its annual scholarship program.

Vision Marine, Hellkats to Attempt E-Boat Speed Record

A Hellkats 32-foot Widebody equipped with Vision Marine’s E-Motion powertrain will try to be the fastest electric boat in its category.

Grand Banks Operations Remain Halted

The announcement follows the Malay government order extending movement restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

OneWater Marine to Acquire N.J.'s Stone Harbor Marina

The acquisition further expands OneWater’s reach in the Northeast.