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Bay Bridge Boat Show touts exhibitor growth

Organizers said the Bay Bridge Boat Show in Annapolis grew its exhibitor numbers by nearly 49 percent in the last two years.
 Exhibitors were pleased with the results of the Bay Bridge Boat Show.

Exhibitors were pleased with the results of the Bay Bridge Boat Show.

Organizers said the Bay Bridge Boat Show in Annapolis, which has been making gains since 2010, grew its exhibitor numbers by nearly 49 percent in the last two years.

The 2017 show, which ran from Friday through Sunday, had the highest attendance since 2007 on the first and closing days of the show, organizers said.

A very rainy Saturday contributed to lower numbers than Saturday of last year, but exhibitors said those who ventured out were buyers.

"We had a very good show. We sold boats in every category — in the high end, middle of the road, plus pontoons. The people who were here were buying," Everglades regional manager Sean Hickey said in a statement. "We will wind up selling a lot of boats from this show...the seeds that we planted here will carry us for the next couple of months at least."

"It was a good show. Despite the weather we had great traffic. It was one of the better shows we have had in the past five years," Grand Yachts International president Bryan Braley said.

Organizers said one new-boat dealer reported that six of its 13 boats on display were sold. A used-boat broker brought three large boats, sold two and has two potential customers for the third.

"We're just back in Annapolis following a very busy Bay Bridge Boat Show," said Paul Jacobs, president of the Annapolis Boat Shows. "Over the next three days the show docks, equipment and staff will disappear from the Bay Bridge Marina and magically reappear on Friday as the fifth annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show on and around Susan Campbell Park in City Dock, Annapolis."

The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show will run from Friday through Sunday. Organizers said more than 70 boats are registered and the show will have 100 land vendors, continuous entertainment, and drink and food tastings. There will be workshops and seminars throughout the weekend.

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