The 2021 Progressive Cleveland Boat Present will function recorded and stay seminars with specialists and in-person experiences at taking part dealerships.
CLEVELAND — It’s been part of the neighborhood for greater than 60 years, however this 12 months the Progressive Cleveland Boat Present and Fish Expo will make its return on-line.
The occasion was pressured to alter its course amid the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of the I-X Middle. The 64th annual boat present will run between Jan. 15-24. The occasion will function stay, interactive seminars with specialists and in-person experiences at dealerships.
Whereas the pandemic has shifted plans for the occasion, Burke stated it is a massive 12 months for the boating business.
“I do really feel it is a massive 12 months for the boat present as a result of the demand for boats is so excessive,” stated Michelle Burke, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Affiliation.
Tom Mack, president of South Shore Marine, is taking part on this 12 months’s occasion.
“I believe the worth of household time on the water, it was so necessary to our clients,” stated Mack. “I by no means heard thanks as usually as I did in 2020 from our clients as a result of they appreciated their boat a lot.
Mack stated gross sales at South Shore Marine peaked in 2020.
“With all of the modifications within the COVID world, boating was a secure place for folks to go,” stated Mack. “It form of had it’s personal built-in social distancing.”
Whereas gross sales have been up, sellers have been additionally met with low stock.
“We may promote extra boats than we may obtain from our producers,” stated Mack.
Burke stated it was necessary to maintain the present energetic this 12 months following the brand new wave of curiosity.
“I believe you’ve new boat consumers with extra questions than ever and I like that we’re going to instantaneously reply these.”
For extra data on this 12 months’s occasion, go to www.clevelandboatshow.com.