MANASQUAN, N.J. – Like a rising tide, there is a swell of excitement and opportunity awaiting boating enthusiasts based on the recently concluded New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, which took place on February 20-23, 2014. Returning to the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center at Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey, for the third straight year, the boat show is organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, which continues to break new ground for dealers in the Tri-state area by creating affordable events with wide family appeal.
Embracing the boating lifestyle for every budget, the show featured 70 different boat lines from kayaks to express cruisers to offshore fishing machines. A boating marketplace with accessories, marinas, fishing equipment, electronics and other water sport gear provided aisles of what’s new for the coming season. A vibrant and well-rounded seminar series presented by On The Water Magazine featuring boating safety, maintenance tips and fresh and saltwater topics highlighting New Jersey’s fishing opportunities attracted men, women and children each of the four days of the show. Youngsters even had their own Kid’s Cove presented by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium with special attractions to keep them entertained.
Exhibit show space was completely sold out and attendance was strong, upbeat and continues a moderate growth pattern indicative of a strengthening marine market place.
“Providing affordable boat shows to the attendees and for the exhibitors is but one goal of the MTA/NJ and creating lasting relationships between dealers and boating families is a clear path to continued growth,” stated Executive Director, Melissa Danko. “Dealers left the show with deals, leads and indications pointing to a strong rebound from lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy. The 2014 boating season is shaping up to be a good year and we are very excited about that!”
The 2014 show was presented by Interlux Yacht Finishes, Starbrite and Travelers Ocean Marine Insurance. The next Marine Trades Association of New Jersey show will be the Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo, September 19-21, 2014 at FirstEnergy Park, the home of the Lakewood Blue Claws. Information on this show can be found at JerseyBoatExpo.com.