ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In its fourth year, the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show saw continued growth in exhibitors and attendance. This year's footprint was 15 percent larger than 2014 with more than 76 sailboats on display.
Attendance was up by two percent, and exhibitors reported that three Dufours, two Lagoons, a Beneteau, a Bavaria and several brokerage boats were sold during the three-day show. Many exhibitors claimed to have had one of their best spring boat shows ever.
"We had a hugely successful show, selling two boats and booking a bundle of charters," said Erin Miner of Dream Yacht Charters.
"Much to our surprise we more than doubled our sales over previous years. Needless to say we are very pleased," said Bill Griffin from Fawcett Boat Supply.
"By Sunday afternoon nothing was left," said John Brit of NorBanks Sailing. "We sold everything we brought – all the dinghies and a Topaz."
More than 200 people sailed from the show docks into Annapolis harbor with either Annapolis Community Boating, who offered free sailboat rides, or as part of a learn-to-sail workshop on Beneteau First 22's provided by American Sailing Association, Beneteau and Sail Time.
"We are so pleased by the success of our interactive sailing programs designed to attract new boaters that we are looking at ways to expand them in future shows," said Paul Jacobs, president and general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows.
Preparations are underway for the Annapolis fall shows: the United States Sailboat Show on October 8-12 and the United States Powerboat Show on October 15-18.