Sea Ray Boats, Knoxville, TN, recently hosted more than 400 of its customers at its inaugural Homecoming event last week.
"This event was created especially for Sea Ray owners as a way for us to show our appreciation, to introduce them to our newest boats and innovative technologies, and to give them a big helping of Sea Ray hospitality right here in eastern Tennessee,' said Rob Noyes, Sea Ray's Vice President of Marketing. "Participation was phenomenal for a first-time event. We had owners who came from all over the United States, and even a few from countries such as Canada, Brazil and China.'
The event kicked off on Thursday evening with the world premiere of Sea Ray's 2013 model-year boats at Volunteer Landing Park on the historic Tennessee River. Attendees witnessed a parade featuring more than 20 Sea Ray boats and yachts, along with the spotlight unveiling of two all-new models, the Sea Ray 370 Venture and Sea Ray 510 Sundancer. An exclusive Sea Ray Owners Club area with live music and refreshments was reserved at the restaurant, Calhoun's on the River.
“We're very pleased with the way things went this year,' added Noyes. "We hope Homecoming will become one of our largest annual events, along the lines of our Yacht Expo, BahamaFest and AquaPalooza. It has always been Sea Ray's goal to help our owners do more, go farther and have more fun on the water. Homecoming is the latest initiative along those lines.'
On Friday, Sea Ray's world headquarters welcomed Homecoming attendees for a full day of boat rides and demos; manufacturing facility tours; interaction with Sea Ray executives, designers, engineers and craftsmen; vendor displays; and a catered lunch.
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