I think the Multihull
area was down but didn't appear so because of the used boats the Catamaran
Co. brought in (5). Catana
and Dean where not represented. Fountaine Pajot
had a Orana
but not the Salina. I agree the mono area was way down. I went to Strictly Sail on Thursday and thought attendance was low, though last year I went on Friday instead.
The big difference for me this year was the interaction between show-goer and broker. Last year I heard "How has the economy affected you" or "Are you discounting to get people to buy" asked a lot. Many where activily comparing one boat to another, looking at option lists, etc. This year I didn't see or hear any of that. I would guess I saw one couple seriously talking to brokers. Otherwise it was looking only. For the brokers it was a "keep your chin up" attitude with the realization not much was going to move anytime soon. On another forum I read a post where the member
stated that no manufacturer, period, was going to make it through this unscathed of not shattered and I'd have to agree.