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New Jersey show brings out buyers after Sandy

Some of the boats sold at the Feb. 21-24 New Jersey Boat Sale and Expo were replacements for boats lost in Hurricane Sandy.

That’s according to Melissa Danko, executive director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, who told Trade Only Today that sales were better at this year’s show than last year, the show’s first year.

“In speaking with many of the exhibitors and dealers during the show itself, many of them were reporting sales at the show and strong leads,” Danko said in an email. “A few sold more at this show than they did in the 2012 show, which is a good sign. Some were replacements from Sandy losses, but not all.”

The weather was a bit rainy, but the show was spared the snow that hit during the Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show and the Atlantic City show.

“We did not know what to expect in light of the hurricane,” Danko said. “As I am sure you know, everyone in our region has been dealing with a lot the last four months. We honestly were very pleased with the overall results and attendance of the show and all of the positive feedback we have been getting.

“This was a show that had died in this venue and it is only the second year that we are producing it, so we are confident that the show will only prove to be more successful in years to come,” Danko added.

More than 250 boats were displayed at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison for the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo.

In its second year, this new show focused on affordability and convenience for consumers and exhibitors and was organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) and presented by Interlux Yacht Finishes and Travelers Ocean Marine Insurance.

"The MTA/NJ shows differ from previous shows in the Edison venue in that they are much more affordable for the exhibitor as well as the consumer, and that they are produced by the industry, for the industry," Paul Terzian of Causeway Marine said in a statement.

The show attracted 8,179 people this year which was within 140 people of the inaugural show last year. Boat exhibit space was sold out this year with an 11 percent increase over last year and more dealers participating in the show representing 70 boat brands. The show's booth sales were also up 13 percent over last year.

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