Organisers are expecting a ripple effect with more buyers and sellers doing business on the edges of the beautiful Dubai Creek over the three day event.
The first boat to find a new owner was a five year old ‘Altamar 64’ with only 480 nautical miles on the clock and 600 hours total on the engine and a full service history. It was purchased together with a highly desirable HSR Benelli Jet Ski – one of only two in the UAE – installed on the flybridge. This was promptly followed by the sales of a four year old, 31 foot cruiser – the ‘310 Express’; a 31 foot ‘Dino 31’ and a MacGroger Sail Boat. With every sale, excitement continues to build at the show which runs until 19th November.
These swift sales have once again proved the appetite amongst yachting enthusiasts in the Middle East for the only event of its kind ever in the region which brings together sellers and buyers of pre-owned yachts for a ‘one stop-shop’ with a complete range of retailers present offering all sailing needs.
Following the successful debut of Pre-Owned Boat Show last year, Dubai Creek Marina along with title sponsor MIDEX AIRLINES, are hosting an even bigger show with more exhibitors, retailers and visitors from around the region. This year’s event is showcasing 85 boats that cater to all tastes and needs, ranging from a 25ft to 88ft and from Dhs30,000 to Dhs22m.
“This first sales so early in this year’s event is testament to the gap in the market for pre-owned boats and the success of the show in seizing that opportunity. We look forward to seeing yet more transactions taking place over the next few days. With 85 boats on display to the value of approximately Dhs55m we are confident that this year’s Pre-Owned Boat Show will turn out to be an even greater success than last year,” said Mustafa Al Hashimi, Club Manager of Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.
Customers looking to purchase a pre-owned vessel are in a position to conveniently ‘buy it and sail it’ back home with key partners such as Arabian Scandinavian Insurance Co. (ASCANA) on site to provide comprehensive pleasure crafts insurance protection for vessels and Gulf Finance on hand to offer great deals on marine finance for buyers.
As an added incentive for buyers at this year’s event, the award winning Dubai Creek Marina are offering free Marina membership for the remainder of 2011 for those that purchase a vessel during the show and sign-up for 2012 membership.
Combining great deals on pre-owned vessels of all sizes from world renowned manufacturers, alongside leading marine traders covering finance, insurance, accessories, maintenance services and supplies, the Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show offers absolutely everything an aspiring or current boat owner could possibly need in one convenient location.
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