I also noticed ...or noticed the lack of those builders as compared to 07' 08' shows. Not only here but in general at most venues ie. Atlantic City and so on. Some of these shows fill up space with frying pan salesman, magic spot remover charlatan's and trinket displays....sign of the times I suppose. The cost of setting up and buying floor space at some of these facilities is very expensive. Just spoke to a dealer at the Philadelphia boat show who had nothing but tire kickers and no sales ! Yikes.
The dealers I've talked to at shows tell they don't usually sell many boats at the shows but they make a lot of contacts which result in follow-up sales. Can't wait - I need a new set of Shamwow's :mrgreen:
I'll be there on Saturday... I'm sure it will be the usual suspects. Read somewhere that the guys from Artisan Boatworks were showing this restore of a 1957 Newbert & Wallace. Should be pretty impressive and I will stop by to take a look.
Went on Friday late morning to early afternoon. It was busy. VIM was very cool.
SW and Wilbur were there and I did see some of the other builders around. Cummings and John Deere also there. Some smaller (boat size) builders and sailboat builders (Hood, Classic Boatshop, and Brooklin Boatyard) too. I spoke with the Harrier rep (not a DE) and he indicated business is starting to pick up for them. Eastern and Rossborough were represented and PADEBCO too. The SISU 22 was on display. It seems some brokerage boats are starting to move too. The show is open on Sunday. I go to this show every year and I like to go Friday if I can.