Wildwood Fishing & Boating Expo lands for the first time since 2019 | Local news

“With COVID, it made a lot of people find different family activities that they could together, but would still be able to stay in isolation, and on a boat you have to be a clear and fair distance from other people,” said Toogood.

Like other industries in the U.S. economy, the supply chains of boating and fishing companies have struggled to keep pace with growing demand, resulting in delays in boat production.

Stocker, of McKee Yacht, said he is warning buyers that some boat orders are unlikely to be ready for nine months.

“People were just buying boats, buying boats, buying boats, and now the manufacturers just can’t meet the demand and supply the boats,” said Rich Czekaj, who was at the show with Blue Water Boats. at Cape May Court House. .

Supply chain issues also impacted some of the suppliers. Captain Frank Giacolone of Gabriel Tackle Co. in the Township of Brick and Chadwick Beach, said he had encountered serious difficulties in finding supplies, calling him “nuts”.

Giacolone and other vendors nevertheless agreed that it was a positive development to be back at the shows. Don Parr, of Canyon Reels, also based in Brick Township, said events like the Wildwood Exhibit and the personal interactions they bring are crucial to his business. He added that his company had overcome a lot since its founding in 2009, and that it would also be able to weather the pandemic.

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