New England Boat Show sees attendance drop

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The Progressive New England Boat Show wrapped up its nine-day run Feb. 19 with attendance down 8 percent because of heavy snow during the first four days.

Oraganizers said attendance was 46,461, down from 50,706 last year, but the show had record attendance on its final Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers said the 2016 show saw record attendance and, looking at past attendance averages, the show is up 4 percent from the previous three years, at 44,611, between 2014 and 2016.

Last year was an unusual comparison because it was a rare New England show that didn’t see snow for any of its nine-day run.

Exhibitors reported strong sales, quality crowds and serious buyers, a sentiment that has been echoed across all shows this season.

Up next is the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show, which will open Wednesday and continue through Sunday at the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center.

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