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A twelve per­cent in­crease in vis­i­tor num­bers has been re­ported by the Auck­land On Wa­ter Boat Show, in com­par­i­son to last year’s gate fig­ures.

“It was a re­ally pos­i­tive show and we had se­ri­ous buy­ers through,” Terry Bai­ley of Ar­vor Boats said of the show, a sen­ti­ment echoed by many other ex­hibitors.

“It was the best Auck­land show for us in years,” added Mar­itimo’s Tom Barry-cot­ter.

Team Wind­craft dis­played a range of sail­ing yachts sell­ing a stock boat from the stand, re­ceiv­ing two more or­ders with strong en­quiries to fol­low up.

Or­gan­iser Stacey Cook says the show team is thrilled with the re­sults of this year’s show.

“Our re­mit is to show­case the ma­rine in­dus­try and help busi­nesses flour­ish, so hear­ing from ex­hibitors the mar­ket felt strong and they re­ceived good qual­ity en­quiries is ex­actly what we want.”

36 De­grees Bro­kers par­tially cred­its the good re­sults to changes it has ob­served in the New Zealand con­sumer.

“We in­tro­duced all-new ves­sels, never be­fore seen in New Zealand, which high­light a re­laxed Euro­pean style with plenty of space to lounge,” says 36 De­grees’ Con­rad Gair.

“The re­sponse was in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive and we also saw strong in­ter­est in a syn­di­cated ap­proach to boat­ing.”

With three Leop­ard cata­ma­rans al­ready on or­der, Leop­ard Cata­ma­ran’s David Flynn knew the roomy de­sign ap­peals to Ki­wis.

“We had great peo­ple com­ing through and a very pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence with a good pace to the show,” said Flynn.

Auck­land boat syn­di­ca­tion com­pany Ow­na­ship, agreed: “We had fan­tas­tic en­quiries, a great qual­ity of peo­ple com­ing through and the show was well-or­gan­ised and very re­laxed,” said Chris Janes.

“It’s been bloody mar­vel­lous,” adds Ja­son Snashall of Orakei Ma­rine. “We sold boats, had lots of in­ter­est and a re­ally good show.”

“We had a lot of gen­uine en­quiries and be­ing in front of our cus­tomers fur­ther re­in­forced pos­i­tive feed­back about the trailer boats we’re cre­at­ing,” said Tris­tram Fink, Tris­tram Ma­rine’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

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