BOAT SHOW BOOM
A 12 percent increase in visitor numbers has been reported by the Auckland On Water Boat Show, in comparison to last year’s gate figures.
“It was a really positive show and we had serious buyers through,” Terry Bailey of Arvor Boats said of the show, a sentiment echoed by many other exhibitors.
“It was the best Auckland show for us in years,” added Maritimo’s Tom Barry-Cotter.
Team Windcraft displayed a range of sailing yachts selling a stock boat from the stand, receiving two more orders with strong enquiries to follow up.
Organiser Stacey Cook says the show team is thrilled with the results of this year’s show.
“Our remit is to showcase the marine industry and help businesses flourish, so hearing from exhibitors the market felt strong and they received good quality enquiries is exactly what we want.”
36 Degrees Brokers partially credits the good results to changes it has observed in the New Zealand consumer.
“We introduced all-new vessels, never before seen in New Zealand, which highlight a relaxed European style with plenty of space to lounge,” says 36 Degrees’ Conrad Gair.
“The response was incredibly positive and we also saw strong interest in a syndicated approach to boating.”
With three Leopard catamarans already on order, Leopard Catamaran’s David Flynn knew the roomy design appeals to Kiwis.
“We had great people coming through and a very pleasant experience with a good pace to the show,” said Flynn.
Auckland boat syndication company Ownaship, agreed: “We had fantastic enquiries, a great quality of people coming through and the show was well-organised and very relaxed,” said Chris Janes.
“It’s been bloody marvellous,” adds Jason Snashall of Orakei Marine. “We sold boats, had lots of interest and a really good show.”
“We had a lot of genuine enquiries and being in front of our customers further reinforced positive feedback about the trailer boats we’re creating,” said Tristram Fink, Tristram Marine’s business development manager.