Hartford Boat Show Reports Rise in Attendance

Sunday was busy for the Three Belles Marina crew at the Hartford Boat Show. Photo by ##http://soundbounder.blogspot.com/## Matt Houskeeper, Soundbounder##

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 Antique & Classic Boat Society‘s display. Photo by ##http://soundbounder.blogspot.com/## Matt Houskeeper, Soundbounder##

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.”

Hobie was displayed at the Three Belles Marina booth. Photo by ##http://soundbounder.blogspot.com/## Matt Houskeeper, Soundbounder##

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.”

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