Rocky and I went to the Portland Boat Show yesterday. This years show is shorter than years past, only seven days and the number of boat dealers and companies is noticeably smaller. The boating industry took quite a hit this last year. I have noticed several dealers around town have gone out of business. My dealer is still hanging on but I know it has been a difficult year for them. In talking with Troy at the dealership he said if it were not for the service department he didn’t think they would have made it. He is hoping and expecting business to pick up though.
There were some good deals at the show and we looked at a Sea Ray 250 that was a great deal but unfortunately with the market so depressed right now we wouldn’t get enough out or our current Chaparral. Also the show price didn’t include a trailer. They said a trailer would run about $7K extra. Well perhaps some day.
The Seattle boat show starts January 29th and is also shorter. I went last year but I don’t know if I want to drive all the way up there this year. You never know though. Perhaps I can find some one to go with me…..