Weather Cooperates for Popular Greenwich Boat Show
By Mike Verrico
On a weekend made for being on the waters of the Mianus River, good times were had by all at the ninth annual Greenwich Boat Show, held at the Greenwich Water Club last Saturday and Sunday.
The only local boat show where anyone can get a free sea trial, patrons enjoyed wonderful sea craft offered by 18 top dealers in the region, representing 43 different brands and more than 100 new boats.
The Greenwich Boat Show has built its fine reputation by offering a high-quality selection of new powerboats and yachts, with sea trials to give boaters a feel of how each vessel rides on the water.
For the Greenwich Water Club, the show’s sponsors, and, of course, the dealers, the boat show marks the beginning of spring and the warmer weather—but it’s also a major opportunity to promote sailing as a way of life, to see their local customers, and to meet new people in Greenwich and surrounding areas.
The Greenwich Boat Show is not only a selling event, but a social event as well, devoted to celebrating of life on the open sea.
According to Karen Pisticelli, the boat show is unique.
“What makes us different is that not only it is a free show, it is all sea trials,” Pisticelli said. “Not only can you take a boat out to sea and see how it rides, but we encourage you to take multiple (boats) out, and that’s what it means to go head-to head, so you think you want one boat and take another out, you make choose a different one. You can see how a boat looks and what you are looking for, whether it’s a fishing boat or a cruiser. Until you ride, you don’t know how it feels and how it handles.”
Boaters who were looking for top-of-the line sea craft found them: Brands such Monte Carlo Yachts, Chris Craft, Tiara, Back Cove, Sabre, Southport Boats, MJM, and True North were represented. Other fine yachts from such brands as Hunt Yachts, Vanquish, Galeon and Gran Turismo by Beneteau were also on display. Rockport Marine was represented, too, with their specialized custom-made wooden boats.
“This is the opportunity to take as many boats for a sea trial as you want,” Pisticelli said. “That’s why there are 18 dealers but there are also 43 different brands. We only work with the top dealers in the area, who are the most reputable and certified and authorized.”
Anglers looking for a sea-worthy vessel for that next fishing expedition had many different options to choose from; brands such as Everglades, Scout, Grady White Pursuit, Century, Boston Whaler and Regulator were on display. Other fishing craft from such companies as World Cat, Seaway, Sea Ray were available for all to ride.
There were also boats specifically designed with families in mind, including such brands as Sea Ray, Monterey, Carolina Cat, Rossiter, Chaparral, Regal and Bennington.
For those who weren’t inclined to be out on the water, Lamborghini displayed two of their newest models. Alas, they were not available to be taken out for a test drive. There were two raffles over the weekend, with winners receiving either a Garmin handheld GPS or an overnight stay at the Cos Cob Inn with access to the exclusive VIP party that was held on Saturday, April 8.
The party was hosted by Laura McKittrick, founder of the magazine Greenwich Girl, and featured the latest spring fashions from Lord & Taylor.