Soundings Publications was named exclusive media sponsor for the new Spring Boat Show to be held April 23-25 in Essex, Conn.
"Essex will be a great venue for this new spring show," said Bill Sisson, editor of Soundings and Soundings Trade Only magazines. "From trawlers and tugs to sailboats and express cruisers, this little show will offer the public a good number of quality builders and models."
The Spring Boat Show will bring together Soundings and Brewer Dauntless Shipyard & Marina with five Essex-based dealers and brokers: Boatworks Yacht Sales, Wilde Yacht Sales, Eastland Yachts, Hank Aldrich Yacht Sales and Prestige Yacht Sales.
More than 50 new and used sail- and powerboats from 25 to 72 feet will be on display.
Essex, a historic maritime village on the lower Connecticut River, is home to a number of high-quality brokers and dealers, which means variety for consumers. That's one advantage to a regional show, said Ben Wilde, president of Wilde Yacht Sales
"There are certain people who don't want to go to a big show. I think this is an event that can really develop," said Wilde.
Consumers can also board brokerage boats at the Spring Boat Show, something you don't find at a larger show, said Dick Nolan, owner of Eastland Yachts.
"A lot of boat shows don't allow or limit the number of used boats, but many boaters these days are looking for a used vessel," said Nolan.
Eastland Yachts plans to display between 10 and 12 boats, both new and brokerage.
Trade Only editor Bill Sisson discusses the emerging trend of "boutique" boat shows with Doug Domenie, vice president and general manager of Brewer Dauntless Shipyard & Marina, an organizer of the April 23-25 Spring Boat Show in Essex, Conn. Click here to watch on YouTube.