The weather gods were very kind for the inaugural Waikato Boat Expo over last weekend. The Expo was held at the Base Te Rapa, and was a huge success according to the Expo Organizers.

We have already started planning the next Expo, as exhibitors have rebooked the same sites they had this year, says spokesperson Bruce Smith and $2500 was raised to support the Raglan Coastguard.

Both Saturday and Sunday mornings saw reasonable numbers coming through the gates, which was sufficient for exhibitors to spend quality time with potential buyers.

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Most boat retailers have a good number of leads to follow-up and several have good sales on the day.

Xpress Trailers spokesperson Stuart said they sold three trailers and were very happy with the event.

Aakron Boats from Auckland the platinum sponsors of the Expo had good sales, Lloyd Darroch has committed to sponsorship for the next years event, along with Fullon Fishing and Equip Outdoors, both local popular fishing and camping retailers had a great weekend.

Seaforce Marine, Master Tech and Sportscraft Boats have many sales interest calls to follow-up and have expressed enthusiasm for next years event.

The event will again become a regular event on the calendar for the Waikato region with interest in next years event coming along strong from exhibitors that were unable to make this years event.

Event organizers expressed thanks to the public and exhibitors that attended and appreciate the loyalty and commitment to displaying their quality boats to Waikato mariners.