The second annual Kingston Boat Show was held at the Cataraqui Community Centre, April 17 to 19 in Kingston, ON.
Although not finalized at the time of publication, Lindsey Foster, show manager, estimated attendance to be on par with last year's show, which drew nearly 6,000 people.
Ed Huck Marine brought Cobalt and Boston Whaler models to exhibit as well as a Sea-Doo jet boat, a couple of Sea-Doo personal watercraft and a 22-foot Bruce replica.
“I did make a couple of sales,” said Don Crawford, a sales representative for Ed Huck Marine. “There were quality leads. Overall, I was pleased with the show. The Bruce brought in a good crowd to our booth.”
According to Crawford, Ed Huck Marine is likely to exhibit at the show again next year.
Len's Cove had eight boats on display at its booth, including a pair of MasterCraft wakeboard boats, two Starcraft pontoons, two Starcraft fishing boats, and two Rinkers.
“There was good traffic on the weekend,” said Sean Horsfall – Len's Cove Marina's vice president – operations manager. “Given the time of year and how nice it is outside, you don't get many people coming in for entertainment value. The people who come through the door – although the crowds were smaller – are there to look at boats or purchase boats. It's easier to qualify leads. You don't need to fight through the masses to figure out who may be interested. We have a very good prospects list, although there was less urgency to purchase compared to last year.”
The show, which featured nearly 40 exhibitors, included the Canadian Tire – Jumpstart Kids Zone, where visitors could bring their children to be supervised while they browse the show. Show attendees had the option of donating a dollar from the price of their show ticket ($5.00) to Canadian Tire's Jumpstart Program, which benefits children in the Greater Kingston area through the Boys & Girls Club, the Kingston Family YMCA, P.R.O. Kids and Maplecrest-Sempar School.
While Foster was pleased with the outcome of the show and the response to the Kids Zone, she plans to make adjustments for next year's show.
“I would love to see more exhibitors that are offering boat accessories,” said Foster. “I'd also like to focus more on the sailing aspect, especially considering its popularity in the Kingston area.”