Organisers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) said that this year’s attendance was flat with last year. Attendance was up during the first two days of the show, but rain on the weekend slowed the number of visitors.

“Overall we are very pleased with how this year’s show turned out,” says Efrem Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management. “There was a strong presence of serious buyers. Buyers resurfaced as eager and more educated consumers.”

We had consistent traffic coming in for quotes and inquiries and we came away from the show with several bookings and valuable leads from all over the world,” says Catalina Bujor, marketing officer with Dockwise Yacht Transport.

“Despite the weather at the show, traffic was good and chatter on the docks was definitely up in terms of buyers in the crowd,” says Sean Blue, director of yachts with Chartis, a property and casualty insurance provider. “This seemed to be across various segments in the industry and yachts of all values.”

Jim Zimmerman, general manager of Jerry’s Marine Service, said that his company saw a lot of interest from customers who wanted to repower their boats.

“Owners who are not ready to spend for a new boat just yet are going to re-power their existing boats,” he says.