Muskoka In-Water Boat Show Draws Consistent Crowds

The Muskoka In-Water Boat and Cottage Show returned to Gravenhurst, ON July 24 to 26.

In its second year, show manager Glen Cooper reported a total of 140 exhibitors at the show, a 40 percent increase over last year. According to Cooper, approximately 90 boats were on display, which is slightly down from last year due to the current economic situation facing the industry this year.

“It's tough out there for a lot of people, but considering how bad the economy is, I'm very pleased where we ended up,” said Cooper. “Friday and Saturday were much better than last year's show. There were tons of new exhibits this year, so that was a great thing to get cottagers to come down to the show. We also advertised in the Toronto market this year, trying to let people from that area know what was happening at the show. Last year we got our foot in the ground. This year, I believe we took a step forward. Next year, hopefully the economy turns around and we take a giant step forward.”

Although the weather was less than cooperative this year, several dealers reported making boat sales at the show.

Walker Point Marina, Gravenhurst, ON, exhibited 14 boats from lines including Cobalt, Scout, Centurion, Ebbtide and Yamaha. The marina reported that bowriders attracted the most interest.

“We sold two boats at the show and have four to five prospects,” said Bruce Reid, responsible for Walker Point Marina's sales and marketing. “We made out better than last year despite the weather. The Friday was perfect, not too hot and not raining all day either. Most of the Saturday was all right as well. We'll be back next year for sure.”

Another aspect of the show that the dealers appreciated was being able to take visitors out for test drives aboard the boats they had on display.

The date for next year's show has not yet been determined.