Approximately 80 Canadian marine dealers from across the Maritimes and Quebec attended the seventh annual Mermaid Marine Dealer Trade Show, held October 24 to 25 at the Ramada Plaza Crystal Palace in Moncton, NB.
“One of the main purposes of our show is to guarantee pricing and offer additional discounts to make sure our clients are ready for the spring,” said Patrick Villneuve, president of Mermaid Marine. “At the same time, they check out the new products if they didn't make it to MAATS or IBEX. So basically, we bring the show to them.”
While attendance was lower than expected this year, dealers came to purchase and browse the array of marine products that were showcased by more than 80 manufacturers that attended the event.
“For the times we are going through, we thought it was going to be slow,” said Villneuve. “But while there was a drop in attendance, we had a good turn out. There's not a lot going on in the Maritimes right now, so there are not a lot of reasons for boat builders to come. We have a mix of boat builders and dealers. It was mostly the boat builders that were down this year.”
While the Charlottetown, PEI-based distributor represents more than 200 manufacturers across North America, some of the several items at the show included LED lights, paints, anodes and marine tools.
“As far as new products the dealers were going after this year, a lot were interested in LED lights. While they have been around for the last few years, they are catching on and most companies have their LED line and are switching to LED navigation lights or cabin lights. Other products that are popular included paints, anodes, and the new stainless steel Wera Tools, which was the first time they attended the show.”
Villneuve also explained that the show presented a series of seminars to educate dealers on the purposes of certain products at the show.
“We had four seminars that included presentations from Interlux, Wera Tools, Simply Wipe and Canada Metal, just to educate the dealers and explain the main purposes of the products,” said Villneuve.