Navigate the Docks - Boat Show Tips & Trends

A boat show can be an overwhelming place even for the most experienced show goer. If you are poised to buy, do not waste time going it alone.

Ask anyone in the boat industry and they will tell you boat shows are for two things... initial phase of the selection process and the final decision. The US Sailboat Show in Annapolis is internationally acclaimed as the largest and oldest in-water sailboat show in the world. Each year the show continues to improve attracting both more manufacturers with the latest models and consumers poised to buy.

Paul Jacobs, president and general manager of Annapolis Boat Shows, said the shows' ticket sales in 2015 spiked, partly due to a contest linked to pre-show sales but the final outcome was the same - a 61% rise and over 50,000 consumers visited the 46th annual U.S. Sailboat Show at the Annapolis City Dock. This information was followed up in December of 2015 with a report from Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, who was quoted as saying, "2015 is going to go into the book as a pretty good year... and as we look at 2016, we're looking for another strong year." The report went on to say boats over 40 feet have had some of the strongest sales growth. This is confirmed with sales from our team here at The Catamaran Company, with 72 yachts sold in the mid-30 to mid-40 foot range through August of 2016.

If you are in a position to follow the current trends, the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis should be on the top of your list. Boat Shows always push sales but, as they say, the devil is in the detail. Over the next few days, we are going to help you prepare to make a purchase at the show. From aligning yourself with a broker, exploring boat show specials, understanding negotiations, show boat vs ordering new and charter ownership opportunities will be highlighted. To get a jump start on this information, add yourself to our list and one of our qualified yacht brokers will be in touch shortly.

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