Held in mid April, this year's Bay Bridge Boat Show was met with good weather and lots of sunshine. Taking place at Bay Bridge Marina in Stevensville, Maryland, event organizer Annapolis Boat Shows, says exhibitor space grew by 13 percent compared to last year and included more than 270 boats on display. Ticket sales were also reportedly up by three percent over 2014.
“We are experiencing persistent growth across all categories in exhibitor space and ticket sales,” claims Paul Jacobs, President and General Manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows. “I am encouraged by increased sales in smaller boats under 35 feet, especially trailerable boats. This may indicate a return of the middle income demographic to boating and boat buying, a group that has been missing over the past six years.”
Tim Wilbricht, President and Principal of Annapolis Yacht Sales was said to be impressed with the volume and quality of attendees, noticing an increased lead count from last year.
Exhibitors such as Formula, Beacon Light Marina, Arcadia Yacht Sales, Adirondack Guideboats, Bayside Jet Drive, Pocket Yachts, Annapolis Yacht Sales reported selling one or more boats at the Bay Bridge Boat Show.
Annapolis Boat Sales disclosed closing deals on a total of four boats ranging from 18 to 25 feet.
Ocean City, Maryland exhibitor Bayside Jet Drive agreed that attendees were definitely looking to buy. They sold 11 jet skis this year – more than the past four years combined.
Mark Schulstad of Pocket Yacht in Grasonville, Maryland said that his team had the best show they have had in ten years.
According to organizers, 93 percent of Annapolis Boat Show attendees reported a 'very enjoyable' experience and 40 percent indicated that they purchased a powerboat that they initially saw at an Annapolis Boat Show.