Sailboats have to be fairly well built in order to survive the stresses and forces of sailing, so they last practically forever. Sailboat owners are cheap
. They buy a boat and keep it for practically forever, too. There are lots of used sailboats around for sailors to buy cheaply - much cheaper than new boats. So they don't tend to buy new. So showing a sailboat at a boat show
is a hard sell. Getting a sailboat to a boat show
is expensive. If the venue is indoors (and has high enough ceilings) setting up the rigging
is especially expensive. Powerboaters like shiny stuff and don't expect to keep a boat for a long time. Engines wear out, the shine wears off, and they move on to a new boat
. Powerboats also have a better markup for the builder
than sailboats, and there are more customers for powerboats than there are for sailboats. No wonder sailboats are no-shows at sales events
. Contacting sailboat builders directly would probably be the best way to get their attention and find things out about their products. Clicking on some of the ads here on Cruisers Forum might be a place to start, too.