Finding Something Special in Newport
There’s something special in the world of boat shows, if you stop long enough to consider it. Every show is made up of a series of little moments, kind of a communal, karmic coming-together that’s not to be missed. After all, boaters are the best people and time spent with them is never time wasted. But each show has a flavor all its own, and the Newport International Boat Show is just the beginning.
“The Newport show has its own flavor,” says Larry Dario of United Yacht Sales. “You know the Palm Beach show has a flavor. As does the Lauderdale show. Miami is a completely different show.” And they’re all different every year, reflecting the various trends for the markets they serve. And it’s a great thing when boat shows work.
“I think if you have boats correctly priced right now, stuff is just selling,” Dario says. “The major shift that I’ve seen in the last several years—and it’s become extremely obvious now to me—is that if you’ve got something in the mid-30-foot and under LOA and it’s not powered by an outboard, it’s hard to sell or you’ve got to give it away. I believe that it’s because some of the younger people who may be stepping up from their Boston Whaler or other small center console into their first bigger boat don’t want to turn wrenches at all—they don’t want to be in an engine room.”
How will a trend like that affect the market segment you’re interested in? A good broker will be able to tell you.
And speaking of good brokers, Dario’s got a one-of-a-kind listing: “It’s a Soluna 46. Newport is like the perfect show for this particular boat. Turkish-built, it’s all that “Hinckley,” “Down East,” “dark-hull-and-teak” thing going on,” he says. “Have a look for yourself. It’s something for the guy who doesn’t want the same, cookie-cutter boat that everyone else on the dock has.”