Barry 2019-10-07

The annual Auckland On Water Boat Show (AOWBS) finished yesterday after four days that saw serious sales made, despite the varied weather.

Over 21 years, the Auckland On Water Boat Show has evolved to become a comprehensive representation of New Zealand’s marine market. Now based back at its original venue on Te Wero Island and the Eastern Viaduct, the show saw three packed marquees with more than 100 exhibitors, plus dozens of trailer boats surrounding the main halls, and 120 boats on a purpose built marina.

Peter Busfield, CEO of the NZ Marine Industry Association, the organisers of the show, said that he was delighted with how the show went and the quality of people that came through.>

“Paid attendance figures of around 13000 were much the same as last year, but there were many thousands more that got to see the show from the cafes, restaurants and bars that surround this amazing Viaduct venue”, says Busfield.

Boats on the marina were almost 50% up on 2018 and these included RIBS and trailer boats to luxury motor yachts.

Riviera, Maritimo and Next Generation Boats were just a few of the larger motor yachts companies the report sales at the show, but from all accounts most did good business and were pleased with the results.

Trailer boat sales were also strong with brands such as Rayglass, Smuggler, Tristram and Stabicraft signing contracts for new models. Brian Firman said he sold a Profile Hardtop on the second day of the show to a ‘walk-in’, a client he had never dealt with before. “When I can do that at a show I know it’s a good show”.

He adds that he had a lot of follow up to do and was confident of more sales being generated from the show.

Dave Pringle was back for the first time in a few years with his amphibious Smuggler Strata RIBs and also reported a great response. “People saw we were back in the amphibious boat business and were keen to talk, which resulted in selling one of our larger models on the second day of the show”

“The return to the old location was a real winner, not only for the marine industry, who were given the opportunity to expose their products in such a high-profile area, but also the surrounding restaurants and bars that reported unprecedented business for the four days the show was on”, added Busfield.

The 2020 AOWBS will be held in mid-Sept at the same venue.

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