Visitor numbers at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show were at their highest level since 2006, organisers have announced

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The 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show has been hailed as a “banner year” by organisers Show Management, who have claimed a 6% rise in visitors.

This made the latest instalment the busiest Fort Lauderdale Boat Show since 2006. Likewise the fleet of boats on display was close to 1,500 – the highest level in six years.

More than 1,000 exhibitors filled the 3million square feet of marinas and pontoons, which marked a 3% rise on 2013.

Efrem ‘Skip’ Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, said: “This year’s show was a clear indication that the American yachting market has turned and both buyers and sellers are confident and back out on the docks.”

These claims are backed up by industry figures that show a 36% rise in sales over four years for the local tri-county area of Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County.

Ocean Alexander were one of a number of exhibitors to report encouraging sales from the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, with three models sold at the show, including a 120ft superyacht.