What is or is there a good show that has downeast boats? Was looking at the New England show and don't see any listed in exhibitors.
At the NE show last year the most amount of space was allotted to pontoon boats, from what I could tell. It was hilarous and pathetic at the same.
There was one true DE that I saw, a Fortier 26' launch. Rod Fortier was there however, that was pretty cool. Just wish they'd brought an actual boat instead of a people carrier.
That would look good with a pulpit on it and 3 GIANTS on deck!
Stopped by the Boston show yesterday, that stupid mess was there in all it's glory. Plus about 100 others and 100 more of those inane ski boats. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see some more DE-type exhibitors that last year. Or more accurately I guess they chose to exhibit better boats this year.
Journey's End was there from Rockland, displaying a 20' MC center console. I talked to the guy for a bit, they have the rest of the MC molds but I got the impression business has been slow, i.e. they haven't built a big boat in a while.
Eastern was there with a few boats, including a 31' (JC) decked out for crusing with a 330hp D6. Boat show price $270K.
Seaway was there with a couple boats as well, I like their value prop, tough little boats at what I believe are fair prices.
And last but far from least, Fortier had a tricked out 33' express with.....wait for it........IPS drives. They build an incredible boat, I'd rather have that boat with a single diesel but I supposed the pods are more marketable to the general (albeit deep-pocketed) boating public.
Cummins NE was there with several motors on display, as was the local Yanmar distributor (can't recall who it was), and there was a random Volvo D6 sitting in the corner of one display--I was confused by that.
All-in-all I was pleased to see at least some DE-style representation at the show, sprinkled in amongst the jet skis, 'toons and sailbotes.