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    Quote Originally Posted by KAP View Post
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    I know it costs money but you still need to make an appearance. Laveycraft is not on the list and I cannot remember a LA boat show without them.

    I hope Laveyjr can chime in here and let us know what the plan is for 2011.

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    Well... Lavey is not attending the LA Show as mentioned...
    Reasoning behind this has already been stated... It costs way to much money if you compare it to the money you get in return... Attendance has been very poor the past few years (it's about quality not quantity)... People going to this show want to see brand new boats, which Lavey hasn't built many, and they aren't going to bring older showroom boats, nor is it smart to build brand new showroom boats without them being sold...
    Now just because Laveycraft isn't attending this show, it does not mean they are in trouble. The shop is full with boats being worked on weather it be service, repair, restoration, ect, ect... There is also a few boats on order that need to be built, stay tuned
    Also, like mentioned Desert Storm is a much better venue to attend. With the combination of the street show and poker run, a high percentage of the people that will see you and your product are all boaters. Another example of quality over quantity, on top of that Desert Storm does produce a great amount of people.

    So at this point in time, the strategy that Lavey is going to take is save the money and use it to continue providing for their customers aswell as using it for other venues that may greater benefit the company.

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    I am assuming that it is so expensive because the L.A. convention center is so expensive to rent out. Couldn't the people who put the boat show on attempt to bid for a lower overall cost to get more boat builder in. I remember when there was two floors for the boat show!

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    Caliber 1 has a booth at the show. No boat, just a small booth with signage and literature and so on. A lot of their literature/reprints featured that "rainbow" boat I posted as Photo of the Day sometime in the last week or so. Domn8er is also at the show (right across from the PB booth). Schiada is a no-show and belongs on the absentee list.

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    Just got back from the show. Hope things pick up for eveyone there. The most absentees I noticed, were the customers. Man it was slow. I know it's Friday, but still, it's only a 4 day show. Hopefully tonight and Saturday will bring in some crowds.

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    Going to go out on a limb here and say the reason for the absenteeism is.......drum roll ...pleeez..probably the $

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavey5150 View Post
    Going to go out on a limb here and say the reason for the absenteeism is.......drum roll ...pleeez..probably the $
    I would say thats a safe and understandable assumption.
    I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havaduner View Post
    Cobra wont be there.
    Besides the cost of the show, which is expensive, SCMA has said in the past, they would prefer not having used boats on the floor. Cobra isnt building a ton of new boats right now for customers and would rather not build inventory for the show without orders against them. Their service dept is going strong, and they have several used Cobras in inventory. So at this point they will save that money to continue servicing their customers.
    I am sure several others are using the same strategy.
    I concur!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAVEY jr. View Post
    Well... Lavey is not attending the LA Show as mentioned...
    Reasoning behind this has already been stated... It costs way to much money if you compare it to the money you get in return... Attendance has been very poor the past few years (it's about quality not quantity)... People going to this show want to see brand new boats, which Lavey hasn't built many, and they aren't going to bring older showroom boats, nor is it smart to build brand new showroom boats without them being sold...
    Now just because Laveycraft isn't attending this show, it does not mean they are in trouble. The shop is full with boats being worked on weather it be service, repair, restoration, ect, ect... There is also a few boats on order that need to be built, stay tuned
    Also, like mentioned Desert Storm is a much better venue to attend. With the combination of the street show and poker run, a high percentage of the people that will see you and your product are all boaters. Another example of quality over quantity, on top of that Desert Storm does produce a great amount of people.

    So at this point in time, the strategy that Lavey is going to take is save the money and use it to continue providing for their customers aswell as using it for other venues that may greater benefit the company.

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    Was IMCO there?

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    Fred Jr. and Dave were at the Fred Hall Show the week before. They said they had no plans to work LA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Creole View Post
    ...I don't blame the mfr's for not going. Up until last week, we weren't going. The expense is VAST and the return has been dismal of late.
    It's a good thing you were there; I renewed my subscription, which probably would have escaped my mind if you were not there!
    Plus it was great to see you and Kenny, thanks for the swag

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    is anaheim going to have a boat show this year? will more builders be there?

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