âWith COVID, a lot of people have come to find different family activities that they can find together but still remain isolated, and out on a boat you need to be clear, reasonable distance from other people. “Said Toogood.
Like other industries across the US economy, supply chains for boat and fishing companies are struggling to keep up with increasing demand, causing delays in boat production.
McKee Yacht’s Stocker said he warned buyers that some boat orders might not be ready for nine months.
“People just bought boats, bought boats, bought boats, and now the manufacturers just can’t keep up with demand and can’t deliver the boats,” said Rich Czekaj, who was at the expo at Cape May Court House with Blue Water Boats .
Supply chain problems also made themselves felt with some providers. Captain Frank Giacolone of Gabriel Tackle Co. in Brick Township and Chadwick Beach said he was having serious trouble finding supplies and called it “nuts”.
However, Giacolone and other providers agreed that it was a positive development to be at trade fairs again. Don Parr of Canyon Reels, also based in Brick Township, said events like the Wildwood Expo and the personal interactions it brought with it were vital to his business. He added that his company has gotten through a lot since it was founded in 2009 and could also get out of the pandemic.