Last month we wrapped up the magnificent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, now in its 55th year. The show was bigger than previous years, spanning seven show locations as opposed to the five we had last year. The boats are big, the clientele is bigger – and that’s the trend we are seeing.
More and more, we see the tide is turning in favor of the boating industry. Not only has the average consumer achieved the means to engage in boating due to better economic trends and astute product developments from boat manufacturers, but we are seeing the ultra-affluent demographic embracing the boating lifestyle as well. Prestige Luxury Yachts continue to bring some of the best-selling vessels we have, and in fact several of those models were sold at the show. Jeanneau is not far behind, and Chaparral continues to steal market shares from their main competitors.
Four Winns showcased their spirit of American innovation with the introduction of the 440H, THE largest bowrider in the market at this time. Truly a unique vessel, it blends a comfortable bowrider area complete with electric-lift teak table and a large, open cabin (yes, it spans the entire width of the boat and yes, you can stand comfortably inside).
All in all, there is something for everyone and there is no reason a family can’t enjoy boating. In a future post we will focus on Bayliner, the champion for entry-level runabouts and practical deckboats.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get on the water!