Greenwich Boat Show to welcome buyers this weekend

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While weather has been on her mind all week with the Greenwich Boat Show set for this weekend, event organizer Karen Piscitelli refuses to look at a forecast.

Piscitelli, the marketing manager for Greenwich Water Club and Beacon Point Marine, said the weather “is what it is,” and the show will go on, but she’s at least “heard it’s supposed to be nice,” she said laughing.


The boat show, in its ninth year, will feature more than 100 new boats from almost 20 dealers and more than 40 brands. Every year it takes place on the Mianus River in Cos Cob in front of the Greenwich Water Club and boasts free admission and free water trials. This weekend, it will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unlike many other boating shows, Piscitelli said, Greenwich purposefully plans its own for the somewhat unpredictable spring weather months. “You have to see a boat in the worst conditions to know if you’re really going to like it,” she said. “And this way, boaters can test drive at the beginning of the boating season and if they want it, they don’t have to wait to get it; here we have instant gratification.”

“Boaters in the market for high-end, luxury vessels can test such brands as Monte Carlo Yachts, Chris Craft, Tiara, Back Cove, Sabre, Southport Boats, MJM, and True North,” according to a media statement about the event. “They’ll also be able to try Hunt Yachts, Vanquish, and Galeon and Gran Turismo by Beneteau.”

Anglers looking for fishing boats and families who want something to cruise in will also find a variety of boats, Piscitelli said.

“People know the best sales come from this show,” Piscitelli said. “Anyone who’s really in the market to buy a boat comes here.”

For the second, year, Piscitelli has organized a “pre-cruise party,” which will take place Saturday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. for those with invitations from dealers. “The VIP party is new and all about dealers giving back,” Piscitelli said.

To help make the party a bigger splash than last year, it will feature a DJ and nautical fashion show, for which Piscitelli has worked with Greenwich Girl, who publishes an online lifestyle magazine.

Based on past years, Piscitelli expects between 800 and 1,000 people will attend each day of the show, she said.


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