MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Spring can't be far away. The annual Mobile Boat Show has sailed into the convention center.
Every make, model, color and after the recession sunk sales for a few years it looks like boating is back.
George Nall is the owner of George's Marine. He says, "Traffic has been phenominal this year, and we're looking forward for it being a lot better than the last 3 years have been."
The boating industry in Mobile and Baldwin counties is certainly I think on a rebound," says Drew Wilson, general manager of Legendary Marine in Gulf Shores, "Our market is enamored with boating and fishing, part of the lifestyle here."
They have reason to be optimistic. The National Marine Manufacturers Association says boats sales were up 10 percent last year.
Sales for fishing boats locally though, are having to crest a wave of decreased fishing seasons. Red snapper now at just 27 days.
"The big boats took a little off turn because of some of this," said Nall, "But people still like to get out on the water and still like to have fun."
Wilson added, "I'm sure there are people who are hesitant about purchasing a boat or not. The snapper season has far reaching effects on our economy."
But if you're in the market, now is the time to buy. Coming out of the recession, boat manufacturers and dealers are very aggressive. The deals are generally unequaled at the boat show.