The Yacht Show at National Harbor

    
Friday, 13 June 2008

The Yacht Show at National Harbor concluded Sunday June 8th. Despite temperatures in the high 90's, strong buyers came out and made their presence known at the new National Harbor marina facilities.

There were several obstacles for The Yacht Show at National Harbor to overcome in order to get off the ground. The opening of the show was delayed until Friday after a microburst on Wednesday night displaced a 15,000 sq. foot exhibitor's tent from its foundation and relocated it upside down on the hill adjacent to our show's site. The show staff and exhibitors worked tirelessly to have the show up and running by Friday, and were greeted with sunny skies to start The Yacht Show at National Harbor.

Several highlights at The Yacht Show at National Harbor, besides the boats of course, included the Turkish Yacht Builder's Alliance and the Belgium Beer Garden each located in the International Pavilion. The VIP Lounge sponsored by American Global Yacht Group was the place to be for those looking to find shade, escape the heat, and enjoy the delicious catering and complimentary beer, rum and vodka samplings.

The quality of attendance was certainly the focus among brokers at the show. John Regan of Boats and Yachts in Maryland has been handling several customers since the show and has a contract on one of those boats.

Dave Mallach with Vicem Yachts in New York reiterated John's sentiments. "While attendance was low, the quality of buyers was high."