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Sales Tick Up at RV and Boat Show

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Ozarks Boat Dealers Say Sales on Uptick

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Boat dealers at Springfield’s Lake Life Expo said Saturday an improving economy is leading more people to buy “toys” like boats and jet skis.

Dealers said business dropped off in 2009 and struggled for a few years, but sales are swinging back upward.

The expo was full of people like Jim MacKay, who was looking into boat ownership.

“I’m actually a financial planner, so I kind of see in my clients too — that when the markets are better and when people are feeling good about things, they’re more willing to explore,” MacKay said.

April Williams, who sells the Mastercraft brand at a dealership near Table Rock Lake, said boat ownership was out of the question for a lot of people for a few years.

“People’s extra dollars that they spend on entertainment dwindled,” Williams said. “And it got more about putting gas in their car, the necessities not the luxuries.”

Powerboat sales in the U.S. Hit nearly $9.8 billion in 2006, but by 2010, sank almost 50-percent. Now, the tide is starting to turn. Williams is getting more interest in the Mastercraft line.

“They [Mastercraft] have sold through their production line the last five years during boat show time. And they’re expensive boats — so that tells me things are doing much better,” Williams said.

Both Williams and MacKay said boats have a way of bringing the family together.

“You kind of forget that you need to have fun too,” MacKay said. “Sometimes it can be an investment. If you got kids for instance and can be an investment in a really fun thing to do.”

Mackay said he will not buy a boat this weekend, but he is feeling confident it is a purchase he can make soon.

“It’s definitely something we’re going to have at some point,” MacKay said. “It may be 2-3-4 years down the road, but it’s nice to see what’s out there.”

Williams said boat buyers will typically make a down payment of at least 10 percent. She said there are financing options that last as long as 240 months aimed at helping people find a payment they are comfortable with.


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Man dies at Plimmerton sailing regatta

A man has drowned during a sailing regatta north of Wellington.

The man was competing in the Noelex 22 national championship, hosted by the Plimmerton Boating Club.

He was on a boat when he fell overboard during the first race of the day, about 10.30am on Sunday.

It was not yet clear what happened, whether he had drowned or suffered a medical event, club commodore Matthew Hipperson said.

The event, which started on Friday, had been cancelled, he told NZ Newswire.

The club was carrying out an internal review of what happened, Mr Hipperson said.

“The club’s more than happy with the safety procedures that were put in place for the event.”

The boat had the required safety equipment on board and all crew were wearing lifejackets, he said.

“The club is in a bit of mourning. It’s not something we’d like to see, like any sport nobody likes to see accidents of any description.”

Mr Hipperson did not know the man, who had come in from out of town for the event, which had 16 boats involved.

He extended his condolences to the man’s family.

Police are investigating and the man’s death has been referred to the coroner.

“Hopefully at some stage the reasons behind the fatality will come to light and be made available to all of us,” Mr Hipperson said.


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