Hi gang, Rick here from Used Pontoon Boats with a boat report from Great Falls, MT.
The Civic Center and a showroom at a local shop were filled Sunday with people itching to hit the water in a new boat.
The boat shows at Missouri River Marine on White Bear Island and in the Civic Center, an event held by Wallace Marine drew hundreds of boat enthusiasts and those curious as to what was available.
Bill Wright, who moved to Great Falls a couple of years ago, said he spent Sunday with his wife and grandson at both shows.
"In the next year or two, we're thinking about getting into boating," he said, adding he was looking at pontoon and deck boats with an eye toward launching at Holter Lake.
"All it takes is money," he said, laughing.
Plenty of that was exchanging hands at both shows as Wallace Marine's event featured boats ranging in price from an $8,000 fishing boat to a $65,000 sport boat and Missouri Marine's showroom had $400 rowboats to $110,000 action water-sport models.
"Wakeboarding and surfing are the largest growth market," said Larry Houck, owner of Missouri Marine, adding models that promote family activities also sell well. "Being together on a water boat is hot."
At the Civic Center, it was a mixed bag in terms of what sold, said Mitch Posey, owner of Wallace Marine.
""We've sold pretty much everything," he said, pointing to fishing boats and sportier models as well as a popular pontoon. "It's been a good show, we've had a lot of people through the door."
Houck said that while his customers focused on the sportier boats, they shopped across all price ranges.
"The only bad boat is when you don't have one," he said.
Thanks to RYAN HALL, Staff Writer at The Great Falls Tribune.
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