Amid Slowdown, Miami Boat Show Sees Better Times Ahead – RVBusiness – Breaking RV Industry News
The Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show is scheduled to run Feb. 14-18, making it one of the first boat shows in a year that has kicked off with continuing reports of slower sales in multiple categories, according to a report by Soundings Trade Only.
“It would be a misnomer to indicate that we haven’t seen some shift or slowdown in the marketplace. We certainly have,” says Tom Slikkers, president and CEO of Tiara Yachts in Holland, Mich. He added, however, that slower business is not the same as no business. “Our dealers are still calling us and telling us they have people coming in. They have orders that they’re processing.”
Tiara, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the show, plans to display hull No. 1 of its EX 54 for a world debut. The builder will also have renderings of its new glass-patio option, which Slikkers says takes its inspiration from modern architecture that features patio rails with glass panels. Similar features have been seen in recent years aboard superyachts. “We borrowed that concept and brought it down to the 60 and the 54 in what we think is a clever way,” he says. “It brings that big-yacht feel to a smaller-class vessel.”