The 2014 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show was a TREMENDOUS success.
Orange Beach, AL—In just a few short years it's become one of the most popular events on the Gulf Coast: The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show. And the 2014 show, held during the week of March 27-30, 2014, was even more incredible than the years before. Show organizers gathered over $90 million in boats and marine products for display in 2014, including more than 125 in-water vessels and an additional 250-plus boats displayed on land. It has become one of the most exciting outdoor, in-water shows on the Gulf Coast but rather focusing on the sheer size, the organizers instead highlight quality—there's literally something for everyone, whether a newcomer to boating or a seasoned tournament veteran.
So what are some of the keys to the incredible success of The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show?
First, the location. The Wharf Entertainment Complex in Orange Beach, Alabama
is a perfect destination that's both family-friendly and also packed with things to do for everyone, including restaurants, nightlife, shopping and even the largest Ferris wheel in the Southeast. There's a full-service marina for visiting boaters and an amphitheatre that draws some of the biggest names in music.
The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show itself is carefully planned and marketed
to attract boating and watersports enthusiasts as well as those who are sincerely interested in purchasing a boat during the event. In 2013, show dealerships reported confirmed sales of $13 million, proof that this is indeed a buyer's show, and the early 2014 numbers look to be even better!
The list of exhibitors reads like a Who's Who of the marine industry
: Viking, Bertram, Contender, Jupiter, HydraSports, Everglades, Yellowfin, Edgewater, Tiara, Sea Ray, and so many more. Brokers also display a wide variety of pre-owned boats for sale as well so there's always a boat that's right for you at The Wharf. And it doesn't stop there: how about personal watercraft, outboard and inboard engines, fishing equipment, electronics featuring the Raymarine showroom revealing the new CHIRP DownVision™ technology and more! The sheer variety is incredible.
The 2014 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show kicked off with the exclusive VIP-only "Stars over Alabama" red-carpet preview
, the event's can't-miss "see and be seen", signature party that has become the hottest ticket of the year. The kids delighted in marine artist Larry Rackley's Kid's Art Classes throughout the show. Saturday's highlight was the Lucca Fashion Show, a professionally produced, high energy fashion show complete with gorgeous models sporting the latest fashion trends. Throughout the boat show there were exhibitor displays, instructional seminars and much more, plus live music each afternoon. The show itself is always well laid out and easily accessible too.
The annual Wharf Boat and Yacht show is a truly unique event that's always innovative and entertaining for the entire family
from start to finish—it's no wonder that it's become one of the signature events on the entire Gulf Coast. So make plans to attend The 2015 Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, March 19-22, 2015.