I was there yesterday (Thursday). Two thumbs up for the perfect weather.
I thought the show was done well this year. NO Hunter Marlow. ONE Catalina (380).
Hanse seems like they are really coming on strong in the US market. Jeanneau and Benneteau had nice displays...but I was NOT a fan of the 35ish foot boats. Rather depressing layouts, woodwork, IMHO. Does everything over 30 ft have to have dual helms? However, the sales people where very nice.
I am actively looking for a boat, granted not new, but someone is going to make a $5K commission off me. Jeesh, say hi and offer me a business card or ask me if I'm looking. Lots of sales people standing in small groups ignoring prospective customers. I guess if you stand in one spot long enough a customer will find you and stare at you long enough to make eye contact
Other than tickets, food and a couple of drinks through the day I managed NOT to buy anything. How the hell did that happen?
Also, I went with my good friend who is a power boater so we spent some time looking at mid 30 ft power boats and this was interesting (something I would have not done otherwise). Those sales people where on top of their game! Friendly, asked questions, offered tours, initiated conversation, but none seemed overbearing.