Once again Ft. Lauderdale show has come and gone. Some are very happy, some are happy and some are saying what happened?
Quickly here’s what did happen that is.
- Attendance was up; but the show promoters, in their wisdom, either do not keep records of attendance or don’t want us to know the numbers.
- Pent up demand was evident and buyers were cautious, tough, and well-prepared. Ah, the internet is getting easier for buyers to use. Good for them.
- Left over inventory got sold; Hatteras, Tiara, Maritimo, Viking (lots of new orders), Sea Ray to name a few.
- Brokerage was a buyer’s delight. If you were willing to listen to offers, you could sell. If not, the buyers walked down the dock to find another.
- Perhaps there is a little more confidence in govt not spending willy nilly since the election. If so, that bodes well for our industry.
- Prediction: Another tough year for new boat builders and dealers. Consolidation will occur, the industry will shrink farther, newer more fuel efficient vessels will emerge to take over an even larger segment of the market.
Zeus drive for a single engine application? Long over due and it will be well received. Watch Back Cove and others get on board! And watch the baby boomers bring us out of the doldrums, they have money and are not afraid to use it!