It was an exciting, fast-paced five days at the United States Sailboat Show this year. Our crew is exhausted and anxious to road trip back home today, but they had a blast meeting everyone that came out this year and seeing all the creative projects you’re doing with your Ultrafeed® Sewing Machine and supplies from Sailrite®.
The weather was fantastic for the show this year (Matt Grant said the best weather he can remember!) and customers came out in droves. We had so many customers in the booth that we ran out of sewing machines on Sunday. We even sold three of our demonstration machines!
Among the crowds of new Ultrafeed shoppers, we met a lot of existing Ultrafeed owners who stopped by to show us photos of their latest projects. The boat show crew was pleasantly surprised by the amount of customers who stopped by just to say hello, to meet Zach, to snap a selfie with Matt or to thank us for the how-to videos and fast shipping.
Everyone on the sales team will tell you that his or her favorite parts of the boat show are chatting with our great customers and showing off the Ultrafeed Sewing Machines (with the all the good seafood in the evenings coming in third).
Among his many conversations with customers, Matt Grant was impressed by how many of you are planning to start circumnavigations this year.
“We heard from a lot of circumnavigators who were buying sewing machines to take on the journey or to fix up their boats before they left,” he said.
For those of you who went to the show this year you may have seen Sailrite founders Jim and Connie Grant perusing the booths. This was the first year in a long time they had been to Annapolis not working in the booth, but just shopping for their own Islander 37, which has been featured in several Sailrite videos.
All in all the whole crew had a wonderful time. Matt summed up the whole weekend simply by saying “Good crowds and great customers.”
We’ll be back in Annapolis next year for the 2016 United States Sailboat Show, and it’s never too early to start planning a trip! For now you can always find our sewing machines, supplies and how-to videos right here on the blog and at Sailrite.com.
For those who attended the show, what were the highlights for you this year? For those who couldn’t attend, we’d love to hear your stories, too! Leave us a comment about your sailing plans or next big sewing project.