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Boat show roundup

Organizers of the Dallas International Boat show reported a 20 percent increase in attendance at this year's event over the 2009 show.

Exact attendance figures were not available.

The show ran Feb. 5-7 and 20-24, and reported the increased numbers in spite of Super Bowl weekend and a record snowstorm with travel and power outage issues.

Many exhibitors reported increased sales over last year's show, including MarineMax Dallas, which saw sales up a third from the 2009 show, and North Texas Marine, which reported selling more boats at the Dallas show than each of the two previous shows in which it participated.

"In my 40 years of selling, servicing and promoting family boating, I have never seen a better time for a young family to get started because the show offered great boating options for anyone's budget," show marketing director Franklin Pillsbury IV said in a statement.

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The number of vendors participating in this year's Dania Beach (Fla.) Marine Market Flea Market is up from last year, organizers said.

The flea market is set for March 18-21.

With about two weeks to go until the event, organizers said there are 16 percent more vendors participating this year than last year. Specific numbers were not available.

Market vendors sell new and used marine equipment, as well as "scratch and dent" merchandise or products that are overstocked or obsolete.

"Many items marketed at the marine flea market cannot be sold through conventional channels so the vendors appreciate the fact that visitors to the annual event are 'buyers' in the true sense of the word," said Jennifer Dudas, vice president of event organizer Al Behrendt Enterprises, said in a statement.

"Over four days, thousands of boating and fishing-related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing," she added.

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Enthusiasts can celebrate the silver anniversary of the Palm Beach (Fla.) International Boat Show by becoming part of the action at live tapings of Ship Shape TV from a full soundstage located on-site at the boat show at the Meyer Amphitheatre.

The Palm Beach show, which is owned by Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and produced and managed by Show Management, is set for March 25-28.

Ship Shape TV is a half-hour boat improvement "how-to" series where each week viewers are taught how to accessorize, make improvements, and repair and maintain their boats.

Tickets to the tapings will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis to up to 300 people. Filming will take place daily.

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The Charlotte County (Fla.) Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival will be held April 16-18 at The Charlotte County Fairgrounds in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Hundreds of vendors will exhibit and sell their nautical-related merchandise and services during the three-day festival. A wide variety of items including fishing rods, reels, lures and lines, antique collectibles and maps, teak furniture, tournament gear, nautical art, crafts and jewelry, marine artifacts, boating apparel, taxidermy and fish reproductions, diving equipment, marine accessories and parts and floating docks will be offered.

Boat dealers and individual boat owners will also be displaying and selling new and used boats.



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