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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.


And the Wait for New Boats Goes On

Ninety-five percent of marine dealers say they waited at least a month to get new-boat orders filled in August, and 35 percent say they experienced lead times of more than three months.

Consumer confidence at record highs

The economic indicator that Navico CEO Leif Ottosson watches first and foremost is consumer confidence, and The Conference Board’s measure of the American consumer’s mood delivered good news to Navico and the rest of the recreational marine industry at the end of August.