I just came from the 2011 Newport Boat Show.
Fewer boats than ever.
Most of them 37+ ft.
Vendors where the usual suspects, not a bad thing, but well, not much new and not many deals at all.
The only thing interesting and even remotely "affordable" in the cruising arena where the Seaward Yachts.
J Boats had a nice line up, but that's about it for "smaller" keel boats.
Not even a smaller Catalina or Hunter.
Only a couple cats and a couple of Tri's. The Cat's were a 40 and 44 ft super tankers
I guess it's just not worth it for them to bring in any 30-32 ft models.
Few inflatables, Defender Spring Boat Show is just about as interesting if one is looking for rigging or a dink.
Someone needs to figure out a way to spice up these boat shows. It's getting to be a broken record, unless, one is looking to spend 400K or higher.
(note: I didn't look at any power boats)