Attendance up 75 percent at spring show in N.J.

MANASQUAN, N.J. – The first ever Spring Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo, held a couple of weeks ago in Lakewood, N.J., saw a 75-percent increase in attendance from the inaugural Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo held in September 2009, organizers reported in a release yesterday.

Close to 100 different boats, both new and used, were on sale during the event – which was organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) – and 2,800 people attended. The show was held at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws minor league baseball team.

The concourse of the stadium was filled with vendors representing a variety of products and services and there was also a kayak pool, provided by West Marine, which offered attendees a chance to paddle around on a new kayak.

“Feedback from the show so far has been great both from the consumers and exhibitors, and we are very pleased with the results,” said Melissa Danko, MTA/NJ Executive Director. “The reality is it is still tough out there so the fact that attendance significantly increased and both new and pre-owned boats were sold is very promising. The future of the Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo is extremely bright.”

A number of participating dealers have already confirmed that they would return to future shows and had many positive remarks from the show, organizers said.

“We thought it was a great show and hope to see many more in the future,” said Paul Gioe of NJ Outboards in Bayville, N.J.

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