Baltimore show reports attendance boost

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Attendance at the Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show was up 11 percent this year and the show expanded 30 percent in size.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said 13,231 people attended this year’s show, which wrapped up Sunday. It encompassed 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, displaying more than 250 boats.

Media highlights of the boat show included:

• Baltimore Sun: Baltimore Boat Show provides glimpse into marine technology industry

• WBFF-TV (Fox): Baltimore Boat Show attracting thousands

• Examiner: Boat show comes to downtown Maryland

• Coming up in March: Boats, Beer & BBQ

• Baltimore Sun: With some changes, pontoons make comeback in United States

The next NMMA show — the 2013 Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow — is slated for March 21-24 in Minneapolis.


Sales stagnate in March

Overall boat sales in March were slightly lower compared to last year and year-over-year growth was down by just over 1 percent, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., data that was gathered for 30 states.

Catawba Island show starts today

The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association’s Progressive Catawba Island Boat Show opens a week from today and will run through April 29 with more than 100 power and sailboats on display at the Catawba Island Club on western Lake Erie.