Hartford show returns in February

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New sponsors, exhibitors and boat lines will highlight the 2018 Hartford Boat Show, which will take place Feb. 8-11 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Geico, the Connecticut Port Authority, Renewal by Andersen and Leaf Filter of CT will join longtime sponsor Evinrude/BRP in support of the 49th edition of the show.

Three boat lines will debut at the event. Beacon Point Marine will show a model from Blackfin, Lakeview Marine will have a Larson and Island Cove Marine’s exhibit will include a model from Nordic Star.

Four hundred boats and other watercraft are expected to be on display.

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association, which produces the show, said the 125 exhibiting companies will include 20 new ones. Among them are Cabela’s, Lakeview Marine, Connors & O’Brien Marina, Island Cove Marina, Essex Marine Group, Northeast Dock Sales, C&D Underwater Maintenance, Air Chair, Boat Locker, Click Heat, New England Science and Sailing Foundation, Noank Village Boatyard, Port Milford, Maritime Insurance International, 64 Solar and skube.me.

Organizers said more than 95 percent of the exhibitors are Connecticut-based companies.

Bay State Woodies — the Massachusetts chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society — will bring three vintage wooden boats, including a 1932 Chris-Craft.


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