Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Boating season ready to launch in Greenwich

GREENWICH — Boaters from around the region are prepping their vessels for the opening of the boating season, ushered in by the Greenwich Boat show next weekend.

As the season opens with the warmer weather, boaters and marine operators are talking about some of the latest gadgets that are rolling out for navigation and fishing, and the advantages of various kinds of propulsion systems coming to the market. On a more serious note, the marine community is also coming together to oppose a proposal to raise state sales taxes on boat purchases, as well as on storage fees.

Rick Kral, president of the Greenwich Water Club and founder of Greenwich Boat Show, said expectations are running high among the boaters in the region, as the warm weather gets them in a mood to rev their engines on Long Island Sound.

“The biggest buzz in the industry right now is bigger outboard engines. They’re coming out with higher horsepower outboard engines — they can get away from three motors in the back and get away with two. It’s a better balancing program, for the boat, and with weight displacement, it’s little more efficient to run two engines rather than three. And you only have to service two engines,” Kral said.

New instrumentation is another aspect of the boating world that gets lots of discussions going.
“Electronics are upgraded every year - touch screen has gotten bigger and more available - and more functional in the marine world. And more cost effective. Some of the night-vision technology is still pricey, but it’s getting a little more popular. People love gadgets and toys,” said Kral.

The question of higher taxes for boat sales, as well as new taxes on boat storage, is likely to be another topic of discussion this boating season. Gov. Ned Lamont’s recent budget proposal would increase the sales tax rate on boats from a 2.99 percent rate to 6.35 percent, and also begin charging the sales tax on winter boat storage. The sales tax was previously dropped 2.99 percent. Opponents of the tax hike noted that Rhode Island has no sales taxes on new boat purchases, which would put the Connecticut market at a disadvantage.

John Herman, who owns the John Herman Marine Center in Stamford, said a tax hike would be counter-productive.

“Financing rates are low, and that allows people to get into the sport. But any additional costs will hurt that,” he said. “How about cutting (state) spending.”

Herman said one trend he is seeing is an increase in joint ownership of boats, a type of time-sharing. It especially appeals to the younger segment of the market, he said.

“I think we’re going to see more of that, given the cost of purchasing a boat, and carrying it,” said the Stamford boat dealer, based in Shippan. “The next generation of boat-buyers has more of a rental mindset. They shy away from commitment,” he said with a laugh.

At the Greenwich Water Club, Kral said he has also seen a move toward time-sharing. Club members have an option of taking out boats from the club on a short-term basis, and the program has been popular.

“That’s appealing to a lot of our members, who want to use a boat here or there,” he said. “Joint ownership programs are growing very rapidly all along the East Coast.”

As to the tax issue, the Greenwich marine operator said a tax hike would be a short-sighted move.
“It would be a huge step backwards, especially since Rhode Island is very aggressive in supporting their marine industry,” he said. The boating industry in Connecticut should have an opportunity to make its case that a tax hike would end up dampening revenue for the state, Kral said.

“In the end, it’s an industry, and we employ a lot of people. There’s a lot to be said for the economics generated by boat sales,” he said. “Give us an opportunity as an industry to prove that.”

As to the boat show April 6 and 7, Kral said the expo will be the biggest in the organization’s history.
“We’ve got a great mix this year, 22 dealers, the most we’ve ever had, and everyone is bringing some great boats. It’s going to be exciting - and we’ve got Lamborghini coming, with a couple of hot cars, to have a little extra eye candy,” he said.

The event, which is free, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at 49 River Road, Cos Cob. For more details, visit greenwichboatshow.com.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Greenwich Boat Show celebrates 10 years of offering sea-trials, April 7 & 8, 2018



Greenwich Boat Show proudly celebrates 10 years this April, and remains a favorite among Northeast boaters. For good reason, there’s absolutely no other boat show like it. This boutique in-water show built a reputation by offering a diverse selection of new power boats and yachts, with free sea-trials. Boaters get to feel how the boats handle on the open water of Long Island Sound.

The 2018 Greenwich Boat Show will be held 4/7-4/8, 10am to 4pm, on the Mianus River in Cos Cob, CT. Boaters have access to test drive multiple new boats and compare how they handle. It’s the only boat show that offers sea-trials and free admission. This year’s show will offer 18 of the best dealers in the region, representing 40 different brands, showing over 100 new boats.

Boaters in the market for high-end, luxury vessels will enjoy such brands as Tiara, Chris Craft, Back Cove, Sabre, Monte Carlo Yachts, Southport Boats, MJM, and Vanquish. They’ll also find select craftsmanship of Hunt Yachts, Vanquish, Galeon and Gran Turismo by Beneteau.

Anglers hoping to reel in a great fishing boat will have plenty to consider. Test drive sporty vessels like Everglades, Scout, Grady White, Pursuit, Boston Whaler, Regulator and BlackFin. Cast your sights on EdgeWater, Sea Fox, Ribcraft, World Cat, Seaway, Century and Robalo. For a special experience, step aboard American or Ranger Tug. Dutch born, Lekker boats arrive to make their r US debut.

Families pitching for the perfect cruiser will appreciate Sea Ray, Monterey, Carolina Cat, Chaparral, Regal, and Bennington pontoons. For the unique buyer, Rockport Marine brings their custom built wooden boat.
Lamborghini returns with two new models as a surf and turf spectacular. Enter the raffle to win a Gill OS23 jacket by Landfall. There is an exclusive VIP party just before sunset on April 7, contact your preferred dealer for passes. For more information, visit www.greenwichboatshow.com.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Greenwich Boat Show
DATES: April 8 & 9, 2017
HOURS: Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, rain or shine
WEBSITE: www.greenwichboatshow.com

Greenwich Boat Show will offer another unique experience in 2017

Now entering the ninth year since it was first imagined, the Greenwich Boat Show continues to be a favorite among Northeast boaters. And for good reason. There’s absolutely no other boat show like it.
This boutique in-water show has built its reputation by offering a diverse selection of new power boats and yachts, with unparalleled access via sea trials to let boaters feel how these boats ride on the open water. Greenwich Boat Show will continue to offer free admission and exciting pre-show raffles.
The 2017 Greenwich Boat Show will be held April 8 and 9, from 10am to 4pm, on the Mianus River in Cos Cob, Connecticut. It’s the only boat show that offers free sea trials and free admission. Boaters have access to test drive multiple new boats on Long Island Sound, to compare how they each handle. This year’s show will have plenty on offer, with over 100 boats representing 35 different brands from 16 of the best dealers in the region.
Boaters in the market for high-end, luxury vessels can test such brands as Chris Craft, Tiara, Cruiser Yachts, Fairline, Back Cove, Southport, MJM, and True North. They’ll also be able to try Hunt Yachts, Vanquish, Azimut, Galeon and Meridian.
Anglers hoping to reel in a great fishing boat will have plenty to consider. They can test sport fishing vessels like Everglades, Scout, Grady White, Pursuit, Boston Whaler and Regulator. They’ll also get to try great fishing boats from Release, Edgewater, Sea Fox, Sea Hunt, World Cat and Robalo. For a special experience, step aboard American Tug.
Families looking for that perfect cruising vessel will enjoy such brands as Sea Ray, Monterey, Carolina Cat, Chaparral, Sabre, Regal and Bennington pontoons.
To secure a preferred time to try your favorite boats, schedule sea-trials in advance www.greenwichboatshow.com.
As a surf and turf spectacular, Lamborghini will return with two of their newest models. Also replaying this year, enter a chance to win one of two great raffles prior to the show. Winners receive either a Garmin handheld GPS or an overnight stay at the Cos Cob Inn to make it a “Boat Show Weekend” with access to the exclusive VIP party and fashion show. Results of the raffle will be announced on April 4, 2017.

For more information on the Greenwich Boat Show, visit www.greenwichboatshow.com, or contact Karen Piscitelli at 203-661-4033 x251 or karen@greenwichboatshow.com