The Palm Beach boat show flourishes again

Whilst you spend less time talking to people, when you are talking to people, theyre the right people, was, in this instance, a comment from Will Green of Princess Yachts. But it was indubitably a reverberating narrative for all brokerage house and shipyard exhibitors at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, from 1720 March.

 

The shows exponential growth in recent years has generated an increasingly global demographic of exhibitors and for brokerage firms and shipyards in particular its proving to be a no-brainer for the calendar.

 

The array of potential buyers was wholly justifiable given the yacht attendees. Among others, Silver Fast, Northern Star and Okto stole the limelight, as expected, but Rybovich with the likes of Solandge, Meridian and Natita berthed at its facility had a line-up that was by no means inferior to the show itself.

 

There appeared to be a high concentration of buyers in the 25-35m segment in particular. On one day, for instance, SuperyachtNews.com went aboard a 30m build that had five serious viewers on board before midday! Conversely, the steady flow of people walking over the decks of Northern Star and Silver Fast would suggest that there was a steady stream of traffic across the size spectrum.

 

SuperyachtNews.com took the opportunity to catch up with some key personnel from the shipyards and brokerage firms exhibiting to gather their views on the show.

 

Weve had customers from all over the world at this show its been great. At other shows you get attacked by the general public but that doesnt seem to happen in Palm Beach at all. Its a wealthy area and an expensive area to live, so the quality of people has been second-to-none.” – Will Green, Sales Director, Princess Yachts

 

Well always set up appointments with the clients that were anticipating at the show at a lot of other shows they may not turn up, but I think virtually all of them have this year. Each show has its plusses, but for this one its definitely that its a smaller show at the moment. There are great restaurants around here and you can park on the doorstep of the show.” – Daryl Wakefield, President, Westport Yachts

 

Theres been a high concentration of great quality people at the show people that are actually looking to buy boats. Its still too early for us to tell how well the show has truly gone but weve had great traffic this year.” – Joe Foggia, Sales Broker, Northrop & Johnson

 

The show has been fantastic. It is where were based of course, so we always have a very strong display and some great traffic. Miami was a bit off for us this year its more of a Latin-American show so it tends to be easier for the likes of Ferretti and Azimut and FLIBS is more of a global show now.” – Kevin Ralph, Sales Broker, Worth Avenue Yachts

 

It has been great and it continues to grow every year at this show you get great quality as opposed to just quantity. Its good for the owners to see and hear that kind of feedback as it can result in charters, or a sale, which is what were here for. This year were very fortunate to have PendennisSteel on display as she is a very unique boat for the US market, and the world.” – Chris Collins, Yacht Broker, Ocean Independence