Boatshed San Diego were on hand to kick off the opening event of San Diego’s International Super Yacht Show Season — Yachtfest 2008. From their prime spot in front of the magnificent Maserati and a Cirrus private aircraft displays, JD Morris and crew were able to showcase more than $20 million in yachts to the clientele visiting the show from all over the United States.

After hours, the crew had a chance to do the YachtFest cocktail party circuit and hang out on the gorgeous floating mansions – some came equipped with grand pianos and helicopters.

The show featured the largest number of big boats ever in its nine-year history and had the largest number of paid attendees yet, reflecting the growing interest in yachting and San Diego’s commitment to becoming a premier destination for superyachts..

“The word from almost everyone at the show was that the yachting industry is alive and well despite the apparent downturn in the economy,” said JD Morris. “Everyone was optimistic and having a great time and really looking forward to coming back next year.”

Not only is San Diego ranked one of the top five richest cities in the U.S., according to a 2007 U.S. Census Bureau survey, but YachtFest organizers say the city's influx of high-end hotels, fine dining restaurants and new mega yacht facilities will entice yachting enthusiasts to sail toward America's Finest City.

If you missed us at YachtFest, we look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks at the 40th Annual International Sail and Power Boat Show in Long Beach (October 2-5, 2008). This will be Boatshed Newport Beach’s launch party.

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