Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo says its results at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show indicate a renewed level of consumer confidence in the America’s with the company securing record sales.
“Fort Lauderdale was our best result in the USA post the GFC and with approximately 400 more boats on display at the show this year than last year I think there is clear evidence that the economy there has turned the corner,” said Maritimo’s sales and marketing manager, Greg Haines.
“We displayed the M58 cruising motor yacht, the M50 and the M45 and the response was fantastic.
“While we are not going to release actual sales numbers the deals we have finalized were valued at many millions of dollars and we are still negotiating with buyers who inspected at the show and have requested sea trials, who we believe will materialize into more sales. “We are very happy with the result which was a record for us.”
Mr Haines, who attended the show along with company founder, Bill Barry-Cotter, said the purchasers came from across the Americas including north-east USA and Venezuela.
“They were people who understood boats and were looking for long-range cruising vessels with stand-out sea keeping abilities,” he said.
“Our new range of luxury cruisers, with their full beam master suites, tick all the boxes for this type of purchaser as they get a package that is robust, fuel efficient, superbly finished and provides the ultimate in luxury.
“The M50 particularly turned a lot of heads as they could not believe a layout that provides such a spacious full beam master in a vessel of that length with shafts.”
Mr Haines said as part of the boat show Maritimo held a dealer conference with its network of existing dealers and also appointed a new dealership, Team Marine, in Caracas Venezuela.