Harvey victims replace boats at Houston show

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In its 31st year, the 2018 Houston Summer Boat Show, which took place June 13-17, reported a 12 percent boost in attendance over 2017.

The strong sales serve as an industry indicator that it will be a profitable summer, organizers said.

“The dealers at the show were prepared for a boost in sales due to what they are calling a ‘pent-up demand’ from Harvey,” said Houston Boat Show president Ken Lovell in a statement.

“More and more Texans are getting settled back into their restored homes that had flooded so they have time again for recreational boating,” said Lovell. “Also, insurance payments have come through for many of the thousands whose boats were damaged or destroyed during Harvey. And we need to also credit our healthy economy.” 

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