BI Weekly 5: Boat shows cause for 2013 optimism


Christopher Gerber (
October 9, 2012
Filed under Weekly 5

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1. Boat shows cause for 2013 optimism

If this year’s early returns on the fall and winter boat shows are any indication, 2013 should mean another year of improving sales.

The United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., is the latest show to draw big crowds this year. Final numbers for the show, which ended Monday, aren’t in yet, but reports were that attendance was strong and organizers say it was the largest in exhibit space since 2007.

That follows reports of a 68 percent increase in attendance at the San Diego Yacht & Boat Show, a 12 percent uptick at the Norwalk Boat Show and dealers at the Tampa and Newport shows reported positive sales traffic.

2. Kansas boat tax heads to the polls

Residents of Kansas could get a chance to lower their boating tax bills with a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall.

Kansas residents pay a much higher personal property tax on boats, causing many to be registered in neighboring states, proponents say. The proposed amendment, similar to one that narrowly failed in 2000, would tax boats like other recreational vehicles in the state.

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A coalition of lake associations in Minnesota has proposed a system that limits access to lakes and requires inspections of vessels in order to combat the spread of zebra mussels. Lakeshore residents, boaters and fishermen are sharply divided on the issue. Minnesota DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr talks about the controversial plan.

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5. IBEX wraps up

No official attendance numbers out of IBEX yet, although the pre-show number being bandied about was 5,000. (There were an estimated 4,000 attendees in 2011.) Exhibitors reported better traffic than a year ago, but the show floor was also smaller.

Some of the other news coming out of IBEX this year:


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