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Dallas boat expo set for July

The 2015 DFW Summer Boat Expo will be held during the weekends of July 10-12 and July 17-19.

The 2015 DFW Summer Boat Expo will be held during the weekends of July 10-12 and July 17-19 at the Dallas Market Hall at 2200 Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.

“At the 2015 DFW Summer Boat Expo, marine manufacturers will unveil their latest boats, engines and marine accessories,” DFW expo director Bron Beal said in a statement. “Boat dealers will be offering incentives on 2015 models to make room for 2016 models. At this year’s show, buyers can expect a surge of new boats and marine accessories, along with a focus on smaller boats that start at lower price points.”

The expo will feature more than 450 boat and watercraft models from more than 20 north Texas dealers. Women and children will be admitted free after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during both weekends of the show.

New boats ranging from small fishing boats to luxury yachts will be unveiled at boat shows across North America, including north Texas, as the summer launches. The National Marine Manufacturers Association says shows such as the DFW expo are among the top sales venues for the boat industry and often serve as a barometer for future sales habits and buying trends.

The U.S. recreational boating industry has estimated that there will be a 12 to 13 percent increase in sales of new powerboats from 2013-15. This is the industry’s third consecutive year of steady growth coming out of the Great Recession.

“We’re seeing boat dealers and manufacturers increase their space at boat shows around the U.S., signaling their anticipation of a strong boat-show buying season,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said. “We expect all boat segments to see growth at boat shows — from personal watercraft to small family runabouts to fishing boats and large cruising boats — especially with the variety of exciting new boats being offered and as more people turn to boating in an improving economy.”

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