Expectations for Yacht & Brokerage Show high

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space at the 16th annual Yacht & Brokerage Show, February 12-16 on the Indian Creek Waterway in Miami Beach, are completely sold out. And the wait list exceeds 50 yachts, organizers reported in a statement Thursday.

“We’ve started the new year with a good head of steam,” said J.J. McConnell of Gilman Yachts. “Year-end corporate bonuses have been given out, the economic outlook is positive and our customers are ready to make purchases.”

There are a number of factors involved in driving the positive outlook, said organizers. The stock market is steady, unemployment seems to be falling and affluent consumer confidence is high.

The president of Christensen Shipyards, Joe Foggia, said he expects a very strong-selling show.

“Our company has received more inquiries in the month of January than in the past six months,” Foggia said.

The builders and brokerage firms represented will include Lazzara Yachts, Azimut, Global Yachts, Camper & Nicholsons, Allied Richard Bertram, Hatteras, Sea Ray, Benetti, Burger, Magnum, Cheoy Lee, Westship, Moran Yacht & Ship, Rex Yacht Sales, Robert Cury & Associates, Sunseeker, Ferretti Group, Crescent Custom Yachts, International Yacht Collection, Cranchi Boats, MarineMax Yacht & Brokerage, HMY Yacht Sales, Koch Newton & Partners, Merle Wood & Associates, Trinity Yachts, Hargrave Yachts, Fairline Boats, Rayburn Custom Yachts, Westport and hundreds more, organizers stated.

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