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Connecticut show opens Thursday

The in-water Progressive Norwalk Boat Show opens Thursday and will continue through Sunday at Norwalk Cove Marina in Connecticut.

In addition to about 300 boats and accessories, attendees can experience kayaking on Long Island Sound at “Try it Cove,” boating lessons with seasoned captains and the new Touch-a-Boat event for children.

The new Chart-a-Career Fair invites the next generation to explore a career in the boating industry with access to experts across sectors that include marine engineering, vessel operations, sales and marketing, finance and management.

As marine businesses continue to see growth across all areas, the recreational boating industry supports 650,000 marine industry jobs and nearly 35,000 small businesses throughout the country, with a significant number of each thriving in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, according to show organizers.

Visitors also can experience free boat rides and live music.

MarineMax will present models that include the Scout Dorado 255; Boston Whaler 170 Montauk; Boston Whaler 380 Outrage; Scout 380 LXF; Sea Ray SLX 400; Sea Ray Sundancer 320; Galeon 385; and Galeon 460 Fly.

Regulator Marine will bring its newly updated 41, which now features Seakeeper’s new gyrostabilization system.

The company also will bring boats with additions such as a new transom walkthrough tuna door on the Regulator 23; a new starboard boarding and dive door, as well as sleeping accommodations below deck on the Regulator 34; and black flush-mounted electronics when opting for factory-installed Garmin electronics on the larger models, starting with the Regulator 28 and up.


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The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

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When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

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