Superyacht brokers declare Palm Beach International Boat Show a great success
by Malcolm MacLean
Time now I think to see how the recent Palm Beach International Boat Show went with the brokers and a quick poll shows it was an unqualified success.
Alex Clarke and Bob Denison at Denison Yacht Sales say, 'We both agree that the 2012 Palm Beach Boat Show was the most successful show for us in over three years with a large number of qualified buyers walking the docks every day of the show. We had a total of 10 yachts ranging from 42 to 130ft on display, featuring both new and brokerage yachts. During the show we put two yachts under contract, and a third has a formal offer on the table which is still in the negotiation stages. We have private sea trials taking place this week with multiple buyers which we feel will result in additional positive sales news.
'The Palm Beach Boat Show is proof that the American market continues to improve. March has shown to be the strongest month of the year in sales for Denison looking back over the past six years and it leads us into a exciting season.
'An important statistic - Denison's annual sales totals for 2011 were greater than 2009 & 2010 combined and 2012 is already far ahead of these numbers.'
HMY Yacht Sales was the largest exhibitor with 59 yachts on display and company owner Steve Moynihan comments, 'We saw increased attendance with a definite upswing in enthusiasm and results. The show helped to create a flurry of contract activity which is continuing in the days since the closing bell on Sunday. Our display included offerings from 31 to 162ft from $150,000 to $36,900,000 and there was excellent activity across the entire spectrum of product.'
Finally, Whit Kirtland at Bradford Marine Yacht Sales says, 'The show was excellent for us, we had several high quality clients onboard and received an offer on my Northcoast 125 during the show which we are now working on.'