The success or failure of outdoor events often hinges on the weather. This year's Port Credit In-Water Boat Show at Port Credit harbour in Mississauga, Ontario, came out on top, experiencing sunny days throughout its three-day duration (August 23 to 25).
This year's event featured 58 exhibitors and approximately 100 boats on display. As in previous years, the event featured a mixture of used and new boats. Many of the local boat brokerage businesses with offices near Port Credit Harbour Marina made up the majority of boat exhibitors.
Yacht broker, Pat Sturgeon Yachts, had several sail and power boats on display in the water, including a Hanse 415, J109, Beneteau 367, Sabre 42 and Princess 45. "Crowds seemed down from last year's event,' says Pat Sturgeon of Pat Sturgeon Yachts. "However, customers were a little better qualified. It's too early to tell what sales from the show were like. You really can't judge a show until about two weeks after.'
"It seemed the show featured quality visitors versus quantity this year,' says Scott McMichael, Sales and Marketing Manager of McMichael-Davis Marine Insurance. "I've received a couple of replies from people at the show already.'
The show's seminar tent featured several extended cruising presentations including Paul and Sheryl Shard's experiences on sailing from France to Grenada as well as cruising tips for traveling the Great Lakes, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Cuba and parts of Europe. The Canadian Hydrographic Service also made a presentation on water levels on the Great Lakes.
Next year's Port Credit In-Water Boat Show is scheduled to take place from August 22 to 24.