Hartford Boat Show Reports Rise in Attendance
January 30, 2012
Last weekend’s Hartford Boat Show is being called “the best show in 10 years” by many exhibitors, according to the Connecticut Marine Trades Association.
The show included roughly 150 exhibitors and hundreds of boats—pontoons, PWCs, canoes/kayaks, skiffs, fishing boats and cruisers. Overall attendance during the 3-day event was estimated at 12,500.
Grant Westerson, President of CT Marine Trades Association, commented, “Overall we were 10% up at the gate. Dealers stated that this has been our best response from the public in a number of years, indicating a positive change in the economy, small as it might be.”
New England Boating’s Matt Houskeeper visited the show on Sunday, and confirmed that attendance seemed robust.
“To its credit, the show didn’t have a lot of Ginsu Knife and miracle cleaner salesmen…the large majority were legitimate marine-related booths. That was a big plus. Overall, good crowd—surprisingly good. Good weather and no football certainly helped. The highlight for me was the Antique & Classic Boat Society‘s display of old Chris-Crafts.”