Newport Boat Show Enjoyed Good Attendance

The 40th Annual Newport International Boat Show saw a 10-percent uptick in attendance over 2009. Photo by ## Dave Dauer##

Soundings Trade Only is reporting that the 40th annual Newport International Boat Show, held last weekend, saw an estimated 10-percent increase in attendance compared to 2009, according to show manager Nancy Piffard.

“People overall were so much more positive and seemed more ready to buy and spend, compared to last year,” Piffard said. “It was exciting to see, and hopefully this will continue for other boat shows into the future.”

The Newport show, which ran Sept. 16-19, started the fall show season in a big way, featuring new sailboats and powerboats from U.S. and international manufacturers.

A big draw was the America’s Cup 12 Metre Legends Reunion panel, held Sept. 16, that featured Gary Jobson, ESPN’s yachting commentator and co-chairman of the reunion, as the moderator.

“We probably had about 200 people at that event alone,” Piffard said. “We were honored to have them as our guests for the show.”

Ben Wilde, president of Wilde Yacht Sales in Essex, Conn., said the dealership sold a Ranger 25 at the show.

“It was the best Newport show we’ve seen in the last five or six years,” Wilde said. “The attendance was truly amazing on Friday and Saturday; both were very busy days for us.”

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Video: Boating Local at the Newport International Boat Show