Connecticut shows merge for new event in May

Organizers of the Connecticut Spring Boat Show announced 2016 show dates of May 13-15 at the new Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn.
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Organizers of the Connecticut Spring Boat Show announced 2016 show dates of May 13-15 at the new Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn.

WindCheck Magazine is spearheading a merger of two previous shows — the Essex Spring Boat Show and SailQuest Mystic — so members of the boating industry and Connecticut boat dealers can combine and share resources to get people excited about boating. The show is accepting dealer and vendor applications.

The Connecticut Spring Boat Show features sponsorship and support from the Yacht Brokers Association of America, which will assist in marketing efforts to target new and seasoned boaters through boating media outlets in Connecticut and beyond.

Those who attend the free show will be able to see a range of power and sail models from builders that include American Tug, Bavaria, Beneteau, Bennington, Catalina, Chris-Craft, Hallberg-Rassy, Hunt, J Boats, Jupiter, Lagoon, MJM, Nordic Tug, Southport and Viking.

Brewer Essex Island Marina, a new and larger location, will enable visitors to see power and sail models of all sizes. Organizers said dealer participation will increase and will feature select opportunities for sea trials throughout the weekend show.

Essex is on the Connecticut River a few miles from Long Island Sound. The small waterfront town is a boating, sailing and tourist destination that features quaint shops, markets and restaurants.

Contact Anne Hannan of WindCheck Magazine at anne@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.

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