2016 Boating Season Outlook Positive; Chenango County Woman Wins 1000 Islands Getaway
Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
With the 2016 boating season just ahead, marine industry leaders in New York and nationally see positive trends.
Drew Wickham manages the Central New York Boat Show sponsored by the Boating Industry Association of Upstate New York each February with more than 500 models of all types of boats, personal watercraft and related gear on exhibit in Syracuse, NY. After the 2016 event, Wickham noted, ‘More and more people are coming to the show to look at all types of vessels as well as docks and the diverse array of boating accessories. Pontoon boats continue to be popular with families and people who just want to relax on the water. There appears to be a resurgence of interest in newer style fishing boats. The show dealers always offer great pre-season incentives for purchasing your first or your next boat.’
National Marine Manufacturers Association President Thom Dammrich commented in a December 2015 press release, ‘Sales are up in most segments with larger boats on the move, helping to lift the industry and support thousands of marine industry jobs nationwide.’
The NMMA cites outboard engine sales as a leading indicator for boat sales as four out of five new boats sold are outboard engine-propelled. In 2015, outboard engine retail sales were up 8.7 percent, a post-recession high.
In December, the NMMA reported that new powerboat sales are on a multi-year rise with pre-recession levels on the horizon in several boat segments possible in 2016. The powerboat category includes outboard boats, wake sport boats, inboard cruisers, sterndrive boats, and jet boats as well as personal watercraft.
For Diana Rood of North Pitcher, NY, in Chenango County, the 2016 boating season will include a 1000 Islands Escape courtesy of the Central New York Boat Show. A first-time visitor to the show, Rood won the prize package that includes deluxe Jacuzzi suite accommodations at Bonnie Castle Resort and Marina in Alexandria Bay, NY. The package also includes a $75 dinner gift certificate, and relaxing by the beautiful waters of the St. Lawrence River along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail.
‘We thought the show would be a nice break from winter and my husband was interested in seeing what might be available as a center console fishing boat,’ Rood said. ‘The show setup was nice and we were pleasantly surprised to learn we won the getaway prize.’
The Central New York Fall Boat Show with new and used boats and end-of-season pricing will be September 9-11 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Find details at www.cnyboatshow.com.