The 54th Annual Boat Show opens Saturday (18 January) in New York City. An estimated?
The 54th Annual Boat Show opens Saturday (18 January) in New York City. An estimated four hundred thousand yachtsmen and would-be yachtsmen will troop through the exhibit at the New York Coliseum. They will admire and criticize nearly 500 boats representing some 400 exhibitors. The craft range all the way from water scooters, canoes and small outboard runabouts to a 43 foot motor yacht. There are sailboats, rowboats, motorboats, and odd small craft that defy classification. There are nautical fittings, rope, anchors, furnishings, clothing, motors, and a seemingly endless list of nautical gadgets.
The boating industry in the United States had record sales in 1963 of over two and one half billion dollars ($2,581,000,000), and industry leaders cheerfully predicted on the eve of the boat show that business would be better in 1964. Among the lures to attract the new business on display at the show are tiny boats with huge motors known as seagoing Go-Karts. There is a gold-plated fishing chair which the wealthy sportsman can, presumably, mount on his motor cruiser when he goes after fish. It sells for nearly three thousand dollars. If he has no cruiser, he might consider laying out 31 thousand dollars for a luxury Pacemaker. At 43 feet, the Pacemaker is the largest boat in the show. It is fully equipped down to and including a dishwasher.
Among the equipment on display is a folding motor-scooter. It is presumably used when one's yacht lands at out of the way ports that don't have taxicabs. As usual, outboard motors seemed to be bigger, and more powerful. The largest, a huge Mercury, turns out 100 horse-power.
There are other boat shows in other cities--but the one in New York is the oldest, biggest, and gaudiest of the lot.