Houston show attendees replace boats damaged by Harvey

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The weekend starts at the Houston Summer Boat Show at today at NRG Center as boat dealers and exhibitors prepare for continued strong sales.

Locally, sales have been boosted by a “pent-up demand” following Hurricane Harvey as those affected by flooding are now settling back into restored homes and have more time for boating.

Many have now received their insurance reimbursements to replace boats lost in the storm, according to show organizers.

Nationally, sales are also strong. According to a 2017 study from the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association, sales of new powerboats, engines, trailers and accessories reached $1.7 billion in Texas, a 12 percent increase from 2016.

The show, which opened Wednesday, features boats for fishing, water sports and leisure. Exhibits will showcase fishing and water sports gear, electronics for boating, outdoor furniture, vacation getaways, and clothing and jewelry.

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