The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show drew 17,650 visitors over three days last weekend, a decline of 6 percent from 2014, show organizers reported.
But early reports indicate the show attracted buyers and resulted in a solid event for the local marine industry, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
“We sold bigger boats this year and saw high quality traffic, making 11 solid deals and meeting many quality prospects to follow up with,” said Ron Reeves, Pro Marine.
“The future looks bright again this year with all the new boater interest we saw at the show,” said Steve Wacker, Thunder Marine.
“We saw good quality traffic all weekend. We closed 10 deals and have a lot of sea trials and follow ups to conduct with good prospects,” said Dave Hipps, Land O’ Lakes Marine.
In addition to over 120 boats displayed in the water, the Tampa Boat Show was also host to the world debut of three boats by Pursuit & Regal, the Pursuit C 238, the Pursuit OS 355, and the Regal 230 OX, the first outboard boat ever produced by the company.