Organizers of the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach reported a significantly stronger show overall than the last several years, with the number of exhibitors and boats on display both up 9 percent from 2011.
Attendance, based on concession sales and the number of people using show transportation at the free-to-the-public event, was up more than 7 percent, according to Show Management, which manages, produces and co-owns the show, along with the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.
Strong sales activity was reported by numerous builders, including Fairline, Viking, Ferretti, Hatteras, Westport and Marquis, and brokerages, including Allied Marine, HMY and Merle Wood.
“The show was a tremendous success this year,” Show Management senior vice president and COO Andrew Doole said in a statement. “We had more exhibitor participation and the reports are of more qualified buyers than recent years, both signs of a strong industry and a strong show.”
“This year's Yacht & Brokerage Show was the busiest Miami show Denison Yacht Sales has ever had,” owner Bob Denison said in a statement. “We introduced the Monte Carlo 76 to the U.S. market, and our displays in TrawlerPort and at Beneteau Gran Turismo were slammed every day. Two Beneteau Swift Trawlers and eight Gran Turismos were sold at the show.”
For sale at this year's show were two of the largest yachts ever offered at the event: a 200-foot Benetti, Diamonds Are Forever, and a 191-foot Trinity, Carpe Diem. Both garnered attention from qualified buyers, according to organizers.
“It was an incredibly positive Yacht & Brokerage Show for us, and the boat we had on display, Shooting Star, caused a real stir,” Neil Cheston, director of sales and charter with The Yacht Company, said in a statement. “We definitely intend to have an even bigger presence at next year's show.”